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BOYDSTON, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Gray County, Texas Panhandle

Near Interstate-40 and the Gray / Donley County Line
About 24 Miles S of Pampa
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was named for Henry Sanford Boydston, the first settler here. Mr. Boydston donated land for the town cemetery. - which remains in place.

A post office was granted in the early 1890s about the same time the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railroad arrived. Although the fledgling town was technically in Donley County at first, the railroad's siding was built opposite the post office. In time, the post office moved to the Gray County side of the tracks.

The tiny community acquired a general store sometime between its founding and 1910. Population figures aren't available for the 1920s, but the 1930 census reported a mere ten residents- served by the single store.

In 1941 Boydston's population had swelled to forty and another business had opened. The population remained there through the mid 1960s.

Mail was rerouted through Groom in the 1940s and what faint hopes the community had for survival came to an end with the completion of I-40, which bypassed the town.

Even the railroad pulled out in 1980, leaving two abandoned grain elevators and the community cemetery to mark what once was Boydston, Texas.

Boydston was suggested for inclusion by Don Elliot, a direct descendant of Henry Boydston.
Boydston TX Donley County 1900 Postmark
Boydston TX Donley County 1900 Postmark
Cover cancelled with Boydston TX (Donley County) 1900 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Boydston TX Donley County 1900 Postmark
Boydston TX Gray County 1940 Postmark
Last day cover cancelled with Boydston (Gray County) 1940 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Gray County TX 1907 Postal Map
Gray County 1907 Postal Map showing Boydston
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Boydston, Texas Forum

  • Subject: The now defunct town of Boydston
    I don't remember any of the dates about the town, but it was named for my great-grandfather Henry Boydston who donated land for the cemetery. All that is left there is the cemetery. One particularly sad note from the cemetery is the line of graves there of children that died soon after birth and then at the end of that line is the mother who died soon after giving birth. - Don Elliott, August 20, 2015
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