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    TROY, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Freestone County, North Central Texas / East Texas
    12 miles East of the county seat of Fairfield

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Nothing is left of the town. Not even a cemetery is shown on the TxDoT county map for Freestone County.

    Troy, was also known as Pine Bluff. There is currently another Troy, Texas off Interstate 35 between Temple and Waco. The Troy discussed here was on the Trinity River and near what is presently Fairfield Lake.

    The town started around 1847 with a dozen families who thought the location on the river ideal for a town. A man named Bateman is said to be the town's founder. Troy was granted a post office in 1850 and it closed 16 years later.

    Troy enjoyed a short period of prosperity when its location as a shipping point on the river made it the most important town in Freestone County. The rival port of Magnolia (Anderson County) stole the promise of greatness from Troy. Troy was soon dropped from many maps and by 1936 it was just a memory.

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  • Subject: Troy, Texas
    I came across the comments regarding the old community of Troy, TX in Freestone County. Michael E. Bonner is my cousin. I’d like to get in contact with the other person who has posted comments. My father owns the property where Troy, Pine Bluff and the cemetery are located. The rails she are referring to were built by my great uncle from pipe and it is not from the original settlement. It is for launching john boats into the river off of Pine Bluff. The “rail car” is four tire rims on a welded frame to hold the boat and I don’t know anyone brave enough to ride down that launch, therefore the adjacent metal stairway. The actually town location is in a clearing back from Pine Bluff and the cemetery access is unmarked thru a heavily wooded area. I’d be very interested to know where she obtained her information. Thanks. - Barbara Bonner, January 24, 2012
  • I saw your listing about Troy, Freestone County, Texas. Fairfield Lodge No. 103 Ancient Free & Accepted Masons traces its roots to a masonic lodge at Troy. As you may already know, Fairfield is the county seat of Freestone County. - Michael E. Bonner, August 20, 2004
  • I have been doing some research and came across a town that was named Troy and was once the county seat of Freestone County. It was a stop for boats on the Trinity River and was east of Fairfield, now the Freestone County seat. Other than this there is no other information as to what happened to this town. Nothing of this place exists except for an old type of rail car that ran people down and across the river. I have asked other people but they just laugh and smile and then say, " You'll never find anything about Troy." Was this town some type of nightmare place or did it just die? ... - Sincerely, Yvette Bravo Calhoun Middle School History Teacher, Denton, TX, January 25, 2002
  • The rail car and tracks are still intact. I've been out to see them. ... There is a small (cemetery) on a private piece of land. There are about 4 or 5 stones and you can verify this with the Freestone Co. cemetery list. ... I have been there 3-4 times and every time I am there it's as if I know the town is there but can't exactly find it. Thank you!!! Sincerely, Yvette Bravo Calhoun MS Denton, TX, January 27, 2002

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