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LOUETTA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Harris County, Texas Gulf Coast

At the crossing of Spring and Cypress Roads
Alongside the railroad tracks
6.5 Miles SE of Tomball
25 Miles NW of Houston
Population: 0

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Louetta Texas - Tombstone
Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine, May 2010
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The town had a post office from 1907 through the middle of the 1930s. With the development of nearby Klein, Louetta declined beginning in the late 1890s, although the community still had two sawmills, a cotton gin, gristmill and a sugar / syrup manufacturing company all operating around 1915.

As the Great Depression was just getting started, only 15 residents were living in Louetta. After WWII there was hardly anything left but the name and some tombstones.

Today the Memorial Chase subdivision is near the old Louetta townsite. The name lives on with Louetta Road with hardly anyone knowing it was once more than that.
Harris County Texas 1920s map
1920s Harris County map showing Louetta
(above 'A' in 'HARRIS') SE of Tomball
near Montgomery County line

Photo courtesy Texas General Land Office
The "Lost" Towns of NW Harris County:
Kohrville | Louetta | North Houston | Satsuma


If these are ghost towns, why are there so many people here?


Although they now only exist as sign names at large intersections (Barker-Cypress, Bammel-North Houston, Aldine-Bender, Alief-Clodine, et. al.). It may surprise non-natives that all of these names once represented once struggling or proudly self-sufficient towns. Even the inside-the-loop street of Crosstimbers was once a separate town.

While most people associate ghost towns with ruins and desolation - these ghosts live among us. Were aisles seven and eight at your local HEB once a syrup mill? Was Radio Shack once a livery stable? Best Buy a cornfield or cotton gin?

Are there unmarked graves under the floor of your favorite Mexican restaurant?

The short answer is this: In many cases these villages were already ghost towns - or so close to being ghost towns that you could hardly tell the difference. Most had their life-blood drained from them after WWII with the migration of rural families to Houston. The phenomenon was statewide. Dallas and Ft. Worth have their fair share of postwar "absorbed" ghost towns - as do smaller cities.

Then "Edge City" happened. The relentless march of strip centers, subdivisions and gated communities overtook these former towns until only the names and cemeteries remained.

While the subject is worthy of further investigation (exactly where is the Lily White cemetery behind Memorial City Shopping Center?), we're happy to include this topic, made possible by generous grant of time, sweat and reseach by the Team Rudine.

- Editor
"15 Minutes of Separation" May 12, 2010 column

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