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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 (2010, 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
Hamilton County 1920s map showing Carlton
(Above "I" in "HAMILTON" near Erath and Comanche County lines)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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