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J. T. Goforth, storekeeper and landowner was the towns namesake when it was settled
in the earlyb 1880s. The town built its first school in 1881 and a post office
opened in 1890 (closed in 1902). It was the center of cotton ginning for eastern
Hays County. From a forward-looking population of 100 people in 1890 it fell to
just 20 by the middle of that decade.
The cotton ginning business and
the local farms continued to prosper, without benefit of a populated town center.
The thin soil became exhausted, a flood in 1913 and then the boll
weevil infestation in the 1920s doomed Goforth. A school for Mexican-American
children remained until consolidation in the late 1940s and today only the cemetery
marks the former town.
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The Goforth Supply Co.
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the center of cotton-producing activity in Hays County. Goforth became a ghost
town during the 1920s. The community was established in the 1870s by James Taylor
Goforth (1849-1915), who operated a general store at this site. Goforth's store
served as a social center and as a banking facility for many of the farm families
in the area. Business activity in Goforth was at its height between 1880 and 1906.
The town boasted a drugstore, doctor's office, meat market, stable, and blacksmith
shop. A U. S. Post Office opened in 1890, with J. T. Goforth as postmaster. In
1894, J. M. Butterworth purchased Goforth's store, but closed it three years later
when the Goforth Supply Company was organized. The town's founder later formed
a gin and milling company that operated one of the largest cotton gins in the
area. Despite the fact that rail lines had bypassed Goforth, the community flourished
until soil erosion and worn out farmland combined to bring extensive crop failure
in 1925. A worm infestation in 1926 caused total abandonment of area farms. The
supply company closed that year with stock still on the shelves. Although little
evidence remains of the townsite, Goforth is an important part of Hays County
Goforth, Texas Forum
Subject: Goforth Stamp Book
I found this old stamp book in some papers.
Don't know anything about it. Just thought some one would . Its kind a cool. Thanks
- Dale Stevenson, October 29, 2012
on a farm near FM 2001 in the 50's. As a matter a fact, Clay Thompson and his
family were friends of ours. I am older than Clay, and well remember going in
to the old store with my older sister, and later with Clay's siblings and other
friends. We were always warned about the danger of entering that old building,
but somehow we managed to survive! I still have an old calendar pulled from the
ruins of that 'dangerous' old building, and like Clay's mother, my mother threw
out other things scavenged.
My father grew cotton and used the gin in
Kyle. Many times on our way through the winding
roads to Kyle passing through Goforth, we would
encounter a very old gentleman with a long white beard and white hair. He would
be walking along the side of the road with a long staff. He would wave, and we
would stop to say hello. He had a merry face and was always so friendly. This
kind man would lean into the car window and ask how we were doing. Mom would sometimes
bring him bread or some other goodies. I do not recall his name as it has been
such a long time ago, but I do remember being told he was Santa. - Barbara
Clayton, February 02, 2011
Subject: Remembering Goforth
I grew up on a farm in Buda
(Hays Co. TX) less than two miles from Goforth. It was east-southeast of Buda,
and had a cotton gin. Apparently, Goforth began its decline when the railroad
went through Buda in 1881. We used
to go to the ruins of the town in the 1950s and early 1960s and had picked up
old newspapers and advertising (which our mother later discarded). We still have
several old bills of lading from the Goforth Mercantile dating from the 1890s.
Goforth had a post office, schools, at least one church and a cemetery or two.
Unfortunately, someone purchased the property that the old stores sat upon in
the late 1960s and burned everything. Evidence of the cotton gin is still visible
on the county road. One church still exists and the cemetery is still in use.
My mother's family (Mitcheltree) was from Burnet Co. TX and my father's family
(Thompson) was from the Caldwell Co.,TX area. - Clay Thompson, Lake St.
Louis, MO., November 28, 2007
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