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    CARLTON, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Hamilton County, North Central Texas
    Junction of FM 219, 1744, and 2823
    16.5 miles NE of Hamilton
    22 miles S of Stephenville
    9 miles SW of Hico
    108 miles SW of Dallas
    85 miles SW of Fort Worth

    Population est. 50 (2000) 70 (1990)

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    Cotton Yard, Carlton, Texas
    Cotton yard with gin in the background, Carlton, Texas
    Courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Settlement began in 1877 with Dr. F. M. Carlton and J.M. Evans owning the land that would soon become Carlton. The new town needed a post office and so the one nearby the Malone gin (known as Honey Creek) was moved and renamed after Dr. Carlton.

    The town seemed to be destined for greatness due to its location on stage and freight routes. Within a year churches and a school were established and the town had a newspaper (the Courier). In 1907 the railroad (the Stephenville, North and South Texas) arrived to find a population of over 150 people and three years later the population reached its high-water mark of 750. A new newspaper (the Citizen) replaced the defunct Courier in 1910 and hung on until the middle of the Great Depression (1936).

    A steady decline set in and by 1980 there were only 70 Cartonites. Carlton has managed to retain its post office and the population is estimated as 50 in 2000.
    Carlton, Texas - Closed Methodist Church
    The Methodist Church at Carlton, now closed
    Photo Coutesy Barclay Gibson , March 2004
    Carlton, Texas - Baptist Church
    Carlton's Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, 2003
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    Carlton, Texas - Fire engines and fire station
    Fire & Rescue
    Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey
    Old Mobil gas station, Carlton, Texas
    Old Mobil gas station
    Photo courtesy
    Jim & Lou Kinsey, 2003
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    Carlton, Texas old school

    Carlton School, now closed
    Photo courtesy
    Jim & Lou Kinsey, 2003
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    US post office, Carlton, Texas

    The post office in Carlton
    Photo courtesy
    Jim & Lou Kinsey, 2003
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    Carlton TX Cotton Gin circa 1910
    Carlton Cotton Gin, circa 1910
    Courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
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    Hamilton County Texas 1920s map
    1920s Hamilton County map showing Carlton
    (Above "I" in "HAMILTON" near Erath and Comanche County lines)
    1920s Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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