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JEAN, TEXAS

Young County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
Highway 114 and FM 1769
15 Miles N of Graham
30 Miles W of Jacksboro
About 90 miles NW of Fort Worth

Population 91 (estimate 2000)

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Jean, Texas bank building and street scene
Jean street scene
Photo courtesy Mike Price, July 2009
History in a Pecan shell

Settled in 1875 by rancher S, B. Lamar who built a store and school. His son, James Lamar was the town's first postmaster and therefore got to fill out the application. He named it after his girlfriend, although it's not known if they married after such a flattering gesture.

Jean (the town) was moved to the Gulf, Texas and Western Railroad when it arrived in 1903. G. G. Cantrill built a store that also doubled as a town depot.

The 1940 census showed 300 people living in Jean.
Jean Texas closed store
Closed store in Jean
Photo courtesy Mike Price, July 2009
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Jean, Texas  - Jean Baptist Church
Jean Baptist Church
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Jean Methodist  Church, Jean Texas
Jean Methodist Church
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1921 Jean State Bank, Jean Texas
1921 Jean State Bank
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Jean State Bank
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Jean bank vault, Jean Texas
Bank Vault
Photo courtesy Mike Price, July 2009
Photographer's Note:
Subject: Jean, Texas
Found the old bank, vault, and doors interesting. Anyone with a cutting torch could have gotten in in less than a minute if that was all there was to the safe. - Mike Price, July 2009
Jean, Texas Street scene
Jean street scene
2001 photo courtesy of Eric Whetstone
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