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ARDEN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Irion County, West Texas

31° 26' 38" N, 100° 46' 1" W (31.443889, -100.766944)
FM 853
On Rocky Creek
about 14 miles NE of Mertzon
Population: 000001 (2000)

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Arden TX historical marker & cactus
Arden Community Historical Marker
Photo courtesy MF Peck, July 2017
History in a Pecan Shell

The former town dates from 1885 when John and Katie Arden “settled a claim” here. A post office opened five years later and a school two years after that.

By 1915 Arden had a population of 14 and consisted of the school, post office, church and the homes of residents. Growth was extremely show and had only risen to 30 by 1947 when the school merged with Mertzon. By the mid 1960s the town supported no businesses although it did keep a polling place for county elections. The population was drawn to larger towns and Arden faded to where only a single resident was listed for the 2000 census.
Arden TX
Photo courtesy MF Peck, July 2017
Historical Marker (FM 853, about 14 miles NE of Mertzon)

Arden Community

This ranching community was named for John Arden, a sheep raiser who arrived in 1876. After 1900, small homesteaders moved into the area. Joe Funk gave land for a school and cemetery in 1903. Baptist Church of Christ and Methodist congregations shared the schoolhouse for worship. Camp meetings were held at "the Grove" on Rocky Creek. In 1916 the school moved to a brick building at this site. Following a series of droughts, Arden began to decline. The post office closed in 1942 and the school in 1947. A frame polling station replaced the brick schoolhouse here.
(1979)
 Arden Texas - Joseph Funk & Bros Ranch 1898 letterhead
Joseph Funk & Bros Ranch letterhead
Arden, Texas. Jan 29th 1898
Courtesy General Land Office
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Arden TX historical marker
Arden Community Historical Marker
Photo courtesy MF Peck, July 2017
Arden TX historical marker
Photo courtesy MF Peck, July 2017
Arden TX historical marker
Photo courtesy MF Peck, July 2017
Arden TX - Midway Cemetery
Approaching Midway Cemetery
Photo courtesy MF Peck, July 2017
Arden TX - Midway Cemetery
Midway Cemetery
Historic Texas Cemetery

Photo courtesy MF Peck, July 2017
Cattle - Joseph Funk & Bros Ranch letterhead , Arden Texas
Cattle - Joseph Funk & Bros. Ranch letterhead detail
Image courtesy General Land Office
Arden Texas - Joseph Funk & Bros Ranch  letterhead
Joseph Funk & Bros. Ranch letterhead, Arden, Texas
Image courtesy General Land Office
Arden Texas - Joseph Funk & Bros Ranch  letterhead
Joseph Funk & Bros. Ranch letterhead detail
Image courtesy General Land Office
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Arden TX Irion Co 1936 Postmark info
Arden TX Irion Co 1936 Postmark
Cover canceled with Arden TX 1936 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
TX Irion County 1907 postal map
1907 Irion County postal map showing Arden near Tom Green County and Sterling County line
NE of Sherwood
From Texas state map
#2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Arden, Texas Nearby Towns:
Mertzon | Sherwood
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