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    PINE TOWN, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Cherokee County, East Texas
    10 miles SW of Rusk

    Population: 0

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Settled around 1845, Pine Town was a stagecoach stop on the Rusk to Palestine run. In March of 1847 a post office was granted under the name U. Auglin, Texas - perhaps the ugliest post office name ever used. The postmaster, Valentin Auglin evidently submitted his name which was misread by postal authorities. The error was soon corrected and the name changed to Pine Town in 1848.

    Pine Town never developed into a "town" per se - but remained a rural community, with its stores and businesses spread all around.

    A school was opened in 1854, and a Masonic lodge was built prior to the Civil War. Despite it's improved name, the Pine Town post office closed its doors in 1874.

    In 1900 when the Texas State Railroad was constructed from Rusk to Palestine
    , businesses and people from Pine Town moved to the freshly minted town of Maydelle. By 1920 Pine Town was gone.
    Cherokee County Texas 1920 Map
    1920s Cherokee County, Texas Map showing Maydelle
    (Below "HE" in "CHEROKEE")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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