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    LESLEY, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Hall County, Texas Panhandle
    Not on the state map
    Highway 256
    7 miles W of Lakeview
    16 miles W of Memphis
    SE of Clarendon
    Population: 45 (1990)

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    Lesley, Texas, view of old schoolhouse from  FM256
    A view of the Lesley old schoolhouse from Hwy 256

    Photo by Erik Whetstone, May 2005
    Lesley old schoolhouse, Texas




    The old Lesley schoolhouse

    Photo by Erik Whetstone May 2005
    History in a Pecan Shell

    In 1902 local resident James P. Montgomery opened a post office at his home and named it after his son. It remained in Montgomery until 1907, when it was moved to the town's general store. It closed in 1915 and mail was rerouted through Lakeview.

    By 1920 the town had the school (shown), a cotton gin and three stores. A gas station and restaurant had been added by the late 20s. In 1937 the school was consolidated with Lakeview's ISD. The population was a mere 10 from the 30s through the 40s. By the early 1970s it had increased to 70 and it retained its gin and grocery into the 80s. Lesley had about 40 people in 1984 and it was forty-five by 1990.

    Photographer's Note
    "Due to all the mesquite trees, I wasnít able to get complete image of the front. The school was pretty interesting. It still has a majority of itís old doors. It looks like someone was using it to store cattle at one point, there were numerous pins constructed throughout the building." - Erik Whetstone, July 26, 2005

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    Lesley School entrance, Lesley, Texas
    Leslie Schoolhouse front, Lesley, Texas
    L - Lesley School rear entrance. R - Front entrance
    Photos courtesy David Higgins
     
    Old gas pump in Lesley, Texas

    Old gas pump in Lesley
    Photo courtesy David Higgins
    1940s Hall County map showing Lesley W of Memphis
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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