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  • JELLICO, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Tarrant County, North Central Texas
    Near the juncture of FM 1709 and FM1938

    Near Grapevine, Keller, Dallas & Fort Worth

    Population: 0

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    In 1881, the town's founder, Robert Emmett Wilson, bought property here. In 1888 he built a store on the north side of the Keller-Grapevine road. In 1897 the town was named after the Jellico Ranch - which had been named after a town of that name in Tennessee.

    At its height, the town's post office served about 300 people. The Jellico general store closed in 1912 as neighboring towns like Keller and Grapevine grew. According to the Handbook of Texas, "the only reminder of Jellico today is a shopping center called Jellico Corners."
    Jellico Texas - Log cabin, mother and baby
    The newly-arrivied Anelle McCarty Kloski being displayed near what might be Tarrant County's oldest structure, Jellico, Texas 1934.
    Photo courtesy Anelle McCarty Kloski

    Jellico Texas Forum
    Subject: First House in Tarrant County?

    I was born in an old house where Jellico, Texas used to be. The house was called the old Thompson place, because my mother said it was built by the Sal Thompson family, before my grandmother Nellie Page, bought it. One room of the house was an original log cabin. My mother said that someone had come out before I was born (1934) to take a stone from the old house to be put in the cornerstone of the new post office being built in Ft. Worth. They said it was the first house built in Tarrant County, though I cannot confirm that with the historical society. I can not trace this story, and I once visited the post office but the historical people there said they had no record of that.

    I wish they had taken a picture of the old log house, but I guess it wasn't considered very fancy at the time. All I have is a photo [above] of me soon after I was born. I am being held by my mother, Florence Page McCarty, next to what must have been the chimney of the old house. I was born in November of 1934. I was always sorry I wasn't born in the log room, instead of the "better" one next to it. I remember being in the house but not much about it. My grandmother later tore the old house down and built another.

    It seems to be part of a park now, and the sign there says "Big Bear Creek Greenbelt". I was born right across the street from that park area, where the creek crosses the road. If anyone has any information about the post office cornerstone, the house, or other residents of Jellico, I would appreciate them contacting me at: akloski@sierrabourne.net (This address should be good for the rest of my life. - Anelle Kloski, September 17, 2011)
    Thank you. - Anelle McCarty Kloski, Forest Ranch, California, March 21, 2006

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