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CARBON, TEXAS

Eastland County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
Highway 6
10 miles S of Eastland
Population 224 (2010)

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John's Cafe staff behind counter, Carbon, Texas
John's Cafe Interior - A staff-to-customer ratio of 3 to 1
More Carbon vintage photos from Webb Jordan Collection
History in a Pecan Shell

In 1881 a man named Hayes (or Haynes) opened a store and became the town's first postmaster when the PO opened the following year.

Once considered one of Eastland 's "six principal towns;" it ran for county seat in 1887 but came in third. By 1904 Carbon had a population of 600. Between 1924 and 1942 Eastland County had nine independent school districts - Carbon being one. The population was 281 in 1980, 255 in 1990 and 224 in 2000.

The former high school has been bought by a religious institution.

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Cabon, Texas Landmarks

Carbon Tx First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
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Carbon Tx Community Center
Carbon Community Center
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Carbon High School, Texas
Carbon's former high school
TE Photo, March 2003
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Carbon, Texas high school cornerstone
The Cornerstone of the High School
TE Photo, March 2003
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Carbon, Texas jail
The old Carbon Jail
"I think it was used up until the 1940's. It had no restroom, no lights, no heater, no kitchen, no exercise area, and no seats. Just concrete walls and a steel door." - Webb Jordan
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Carbon Tx Cemetery
Carbon Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
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Carbon Tx Totem Pole
Totem Pole
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Carbon Tx Totem Face
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Carbon Tx closed house
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
Carbon Tx outhouse
Outhouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010
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Carbon Tx City Limit sign
Carbon City Limit
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2010

Carbon, Texas Vintage Photos

Vintage photos courtesy of Webb Jordan of Eastland, Texas
The 1908 Carbon School
"This is probably one of the best school building in the county in 1908. It was made of pine. It burned down after only a few years. The next building was a masonary structure that was added onto in the late thirties. That building still stands today. I finished in 1951 and the school closed in 1990. In the late 1880's and 1890's there were over 150 schools in Eastland County. There are just five left today." - Webb Jordan, December 11, 2007
Carbon Texas Playboy Club
Playboy Club in Carbon.
"No there are no bunnies inside. Just some older men that played domino's. Might be a cottontail on the outside. I think this building was used regularly through the 80's. It has since been torn down. It was a mighty popular place at the time." - Webb Jordan, December 14, 2007
John's Cafe in Carbon, Texas
John's Cafe in Carbon (Note volume of empty soda bottles, right.
"I think this was the best place in the county to buy a hamburger in the 1950's. John Phillips began his Cafe in 1938. They hid the punch cards* when the police came around. John served in the Navy from 1943 to 1945. His wife Shorty ran the Cafe during those years." - Webb Jordan

* Punch cards were a cheap form of gambling where people would buy 3 chances for a quarter and "punch" a small paper roll from a thick paper card. Unrolling the paper revealed the pay out (if there was one). - Editor
 Carbon Trading Company, Carbon Texas
"The Carbon Trading Company. It fell down in the mid 1990's. This was the biggest store in Carbon during its heyday." - Webb Jordan
Carbon Trading Company interior , Carbon Texas
The Carbon Trading Company interior with merchandise
Carbon Trading Company interior, Carbon Texas
The Carbon Trading Company interior without merchandise
Bath House in Carbon, Texas
The Mineral Water Bath House in Carbon - note windmill far right behind middle man on wagon
The Boles Drug Store, Carbon Texa

The Boles Drug and Dry Goods Store
Webb Jordan Collection
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Carbon, Texas,  Puett and Son Store and Post Office
The Puett and Son Store and the Post Office
Webb Jordan Collection
Carbon, Texas,  Puett and Son Store
Enlergement of previous photo - Webb Jordan Collection
Carbon Texas post office
The Carbon post office
Enlargement of previous photo
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Boston Hotel, Carbon Texas
The Boston Hotel. "It was just a few blocks from the train station." - Webb Jordan
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Carbon, Texas depot, 1950s
Railroad building and post war Quonset hut in Carbon
1950s photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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Eastland County Texas 1882 map
Eastland County 1882 map shows "Carbon or Jewel"
S of Eastland

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Eastland County Texas 1907 postal map
Eastland County TX 1907 Postal Map showing Carbon
S of Eastland

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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