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PROFFITT, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Young County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
Unmarked on maps

9 Miles W of Newcastle
W of Graham
E of Throckmorton
4 miles E of the Throckmorton county line

Population: 0

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1907 Young County postal map showing Proffitt
(Above "Y" in "Y-O-U-N-G", NW of Graham)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

History in a Pecan Shell

Named after the ranching Proffitt family around 1862 - under the protection of nearby Fort Belknap. John Proffitt donated land for a church that was also a school and Masonic lodge after the Civil War. The Proffitt post office opened in 1880. John Proffitt went into the freighting business and in the mid 1890s he opened a store. In 1925 the post office was closed and mail was routed through Newcastle.

The population remained at only fifty for decades and then increased to 125 in the 1960s. After that unexplained increase, further figures are unavailable.

A church, cemetery and community center are all that remain of the former town.

Proffitt is included as an entry in T. Lindsay Baker's Ghost Towns of Texas
Fort Belknap Texas
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols and Jordan Gibson, 2007
Fort Belknap
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