a Pecan ShellSettlement
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.
Methodist Church at Carlton, now closed |
Photo Coutesy Barclay
Gibson , March 2004
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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