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DOUBLE BAYOU, TEXAS

Chambers County, Gulf Coast / East Texas

(Just North of) FM 1985 and FM 562
About 50 Miles SW of Beaumont
Population: 0400 (2000)

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TX Double Bayou Jackson Store

Jackson Grocery & old gas station on Eagle Ferry Rd
Photo courtesy Ethan Grossman, September 2016

History in a Pecan Shell

The community dates from 1847 when James Jackson started his large 26,000 acre ranch. Sometime before 1900, John Jackson opened a general store here. Ralph Semmes Jackson (grandson of James Jackson) was born in the early 1900s. Ralph was to become the author of Home on the Double Bayou, one of the best place-related memoirs of Texas.

Ralph's brother Guy Cade Jackson was to become an early conservationist and county judge.

A post office opened just before the Civil War (1860) and closed just after the war's end (1866). It reopened in the country's centennial year of 1876 but closed for good in 1919.
The lack of roads made Double Bayou inaccessible except by boat. Severe storms battered the region and thousands of cattle were lost (frozen) one brutal winter. The hurricane of 1915 devastated the area, flooding the homes of most residents yet the community remained.

Double Bayou is certainly off the beaten path but because of the heartfelt book, it has achieved a historical immortality for intimate portrayal of a unique place.
TX Double Bayou Jackson grocery & old gas pumps

Jackson Gro with old gas pumps
Photo courtesy Ethan Grossman, September 2016
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Photographer's Note:
Subject: Chambers County
I wanted to share a picture I took of an old store in Chambers County. It is located on Eagle Ferry Rd, near the community of Double Bayou.

A ferry once operated in the area known as Eagle Ferry (hence the name), but I can't find any information on where exactly it was. I did however find an article that mentioned a store in the area:
"During this era residents living around the mouth of Double Bayou utilized the Post Office and General Store located by Eagle Ferry and operated by the Gottfried Wolff family." (http://www.cchcnews.com/Infamous.pdf)

The store has a sign that says/said Jackson Grocery. It is almost directly across from the Double Bayou Community Building, which is obviously an old school building.
- Ethan Grossman, October 04, 2016
Double Bayou TX Chambers Co 1908 Postmark
Double Bayou TX Chambers Co 1908 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Double Bayou, TX 1908 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Chambers County 1907 Postal Map
1907 Chambers County Postal Map showing Double Bayou
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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