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AMBROSE, TEXAS

Grayson County, Central Texas North
Highway 69
6 Miles NW of Bells
6 Miles SE of Denison

Population:
41 (2000)

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Ambrose Baptist Church, Ambrose Texas
Ambrose Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

Ambrose was named after Ambrose Bible, a Tennessean who arrived in 1883. He bought land that was in old Fannin County, from which Grayson County would be cut in 1846. The Denison, Bonham and New Orleans Railroad attemped to run a spur from the MKT in Denison
but failed.

In January 10, 1902, Ambrose was platted and by September a post office was opened. The following year Bible deeded land for a right-of-way to the DB and NO railway.

In 1907 a school was built - also on land donated by Ambrose Bible. Soon Ambrose had a Methodist, Church of Christ, and Baptist church. A new school was built in 1917 and the town reached its high-water mark two years later. Since most people in the area were farmers, Ambrose never grew past 60 people. The DB&NO railroad went bankrupt in 1927 and the Ambrose post office moved to Bells in 1930. From then on, Ambrose's mail was routed through Bells. In 1980 the population was estimated at just forty-one. The former school is now in use as a community center.

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Ambrose Texas schoolhouse
"It looks as though the former schoolhouse was used as a community center for awhile, but it does not look as though it is being maintained at this point." - Stephen Taylor. Photo courtesy Elizabeth Taylor, May 2006
Ambrose Texas community center and crane
Another view of the Ambrose Community Center
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Ambrose Texas gold mine sign
"Ambrose Gold Mine" sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Photographer's Note:
Ambrose is kind of a strange town. It is located almost due north of Bells and has some kind of huge mining operation on at least two sides, north and west. The road literally dead ends into the entrance to the mine. The Gold Mine sign is probably somebody's joke. You can see the crane behind the Community Center. There seems to be only one way out of Ambrose and that is the way you came. - Barclay Gibson, February 13, 2007

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