Pleasant Hill be the most popular name for towns in East
With nine communities named Pleasant Hill in the more than 40 counties
that constitute East Texas,
it certainly qualifies--and that doesn't include cemeteries.
None of today's Pleasant Hills are large towns. Most, in fact, are
of the most interesting Pleasant Hills was a rural community nine
miles south of Gilmer in
The community took its name from a small rise of land before the
Civil War and is said to have been one of the earliest Anglo settlements
in the county.
John Holloway founded a church around 1865. The town grew rapidly
after the Civil War and soon had a church, a store, a cotton gin,
a grist mill and a blacksmith shop. When the St. Louis Southwestern
Railroad was built in the l890s, it bypassed Pleasant Hill and most
of its residents moved to nearby Pritchett.
another well-known Pleasant Hill was settled in the l840s six miles
south of Sulphur
Springs in Hopkins
County. The town also derived its name from a small rise.
A Methodist church was founded in 1854 and a new two-story building
was built in the 1880s with the lower floor used for church services
and the upper level was used by the Grange and other societies.
A school also operated in the community and when it was consolidated
Springs, the town declined and today it is only a dispersed
Pleasant Hill was also known as The Bogg, a name taken from
a small pond. The rural community stood twelve miles north of Nacogdoches
and in the early l900s had schools for black and white children.
When the Caro Northern Railroad was built in the area, the community
began to grow with the two schools and two churches. About 100 families
still live in the dispersed community.
County's Pleasant Hill, also known as Antrim, was a rural
settlement ten miles northwest of Grapeland.
The community grew up around Antrim school organized in 1864 as
one of the county's earliest schools.
Like its namesake in Upshur
County, this Pleasant Hill began to decline when its people
moved to Grapeland
to be near the International-Great Northern Railroad. Today, it's
a ghost town.
County's Pleasant Hill was a church community south of Tyler
in Smith County.
The town had a school with 112 students in 1903, but the school
was consolidated with Whitehouse.
In the 1970s, the community had a church, four businesses and a
cluster of homes. Today, little of the town remains.
County's Pleasant Hill was settled during the Civil War about
24 miles northwest of Rusk.
It had a church and a school, but today only a cemetery and a few
buildings are left.
Van Zandt County,
Pleasant Hill stood a mile east of Edom. A Baptist church was founded
in the late l800s. Today, the community lies in the shadows of Edom.
1897, Lamar County's
Pleasant Hill was founded with a school 12 miles west of Paris.
The town declined after World
War II and only a church and a few homes reman.
ninth Pleasant Hill in East
Texas is eight miles northwest of San
Augustine. In 1900, the town had a black school and by 1904
it added a white school. Today, the community's only landmarks are
cemetery and a church.
If I have overlooked other Pleasant Hills, let me know.
4-10 , 2007 Column.
Published with permission
A weekly column syndicated in 70 East Texas newspapers
Subject: Pleasant Hill
My name is Reagan and I was looking at your pleasant
hill(s) you have posted, and I know of 1 more in Rusk county. I go
to school at the historic West Rusk, in New
London, Texas. In 1937, London
school exploded due to a gas leak, and it ended up killing around
300 children and staff. Most were buried in Pleasant Hill Cemetery
outside London. In New London, there is the school (which the main
building is all original since the rebuilt in 1938), a post office,
a museum, some houses, and an old run down gas station that now only
serves burgers and such for students, and a monument honoring those
who passed in the disaster. Down the road, where those who perished
are burried, there's only a church and the cemetery. So sad, just
thought I'd let yall in on a bit of history. Love the site! :) - Reagan
Windsor, March 18, 2017
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