in a Pecan Shell
In 1886 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway
platted the townsite which was just three miles north of Kingston.
This was economic revenge against Kingston for
refusing to grant the railroad
“incentives” to make their town a stop on the line.
The name is said
to be after the wife of a Santa Fe official.
A post office opened in 1886, and the new town drew population and businesses
from Kingston. By the mid-1890s, the population
was 600, and Celeste had all essential businesses including a weekly newspaper.
The town incorporated in 1900 when it had a population of 671. By 1917 it had
grown to 850 residents and increased to 1,022 by 1922.
Due to the devestation
of the cotton crop by the boll
weevil in the 1920s and the Great Depression, Celeste’s population was 803
in the early 1930s where it remained for years. The population was 745 in the
1970s. From 733 in 1990, it has increased to 817 for the 2000 Census.
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