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CLAIRETTE, TEXAS

Erath County, North Central Texas
Hwy 6
15 miles SE of Stephenville
16 Miles E of Dublin
4 Miles NW of Hico

Population 55 est.

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town is one of a handful of Texas towns named after a defunct product. In Clairette’s case it was a brand of soap. (The town of Fashing in Atascosa county was named after a brand of snuff.) The town was born with the arrival of the Texas Central Railroad in the 1880s. No population figures are available for the towns early years through the Great Depression, but by 1940 there were nearly 300 people living here. Improved roads after WWII allowed people to seek jobs in larger cities and the town suffered greatly. By 1968 until the present the population has been estimated at just 55.

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Photos courtesy Jordan Gibson
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Clairette Schoolhouse photos courtesy Jordan Gibson, 2008
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Photographer's Note: The old Clairette schoolhouse (which is now the community center) and the former recreation building were right beside each other. - Jordan Gibson, January 2008
Clairette Cemetery
Photos courtesy Jordan Gibson, January 2008
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Baptist Church in Clairette, Texas
Photo courtesy Jim & Lou Kinsey, April 2003
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