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PUTNAM, TEXAS

Callahan County, North Central Texas
I-20 and FM 880
22 miles W of Eastland
35 miles E of Abilene
10 miles E of Baird

Population 103 (1990)

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Putnam Texas downtown
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History in a Burkett Pecan Shell:

Born with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1880, Putnam had previously been known by the much more Texas-sounding name of Catclaw.

The name change came with the opening of a post office. The namesake is said to be General Israel Putnam - a Revolutionary soldier more famous in Connecticut than in Texas.

Around 1910 Putnam had a chance at becoming a health resort for its water. But the biggest "Water town" in Texas - Mineral Wells wasn't all that far away. Hopes were dashed before anything got off the ground.

The population was a respectable 250 persons in 1890 and by 1940 it was bursting at the city limits with 487 Putnamites.

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A Walk Through Putnam

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Putnam Texas downtown
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Putnam Texas USA
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Putnam Texas store front
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Putnam Texas Matthew 11:28
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Putnam Texas downtown
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Putnam Texas back road
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Putnam Texas backyards
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Putnam Texas ruins
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Putman Texas old water tower
The old water tower at Putnum
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Putnam, Texas Forum
  • Subject: Merlin Mitchell from Putnam, Texas
    Dear TE, I am a WWII Veteran and served with a man from Putnam, Texas. He was a very special person to me and would like to find out, if possible, his last known whereabouts. His name is/ was Merlin P. Mitchell and her was a fighter pilot - flying Spitfires with the 307th Fighter Squadron, 31st Fighter Group. He was shot down and taken prisoner by the Germans. I had heard that he had attended one of our reunions. Unfortunately it was one that I didn't attend and I haven't been able to hear any more about him. If anyone in Putnam (or anywhere else) has any information on Merlin Mitchell, I would greatly appreciate it. - Bill Dickerson, billdickerson1@cox.net, Owasso, Oklahoma, November 04, 2006
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