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CLINTON, TEXAS


Texas Ghost Town

Hunt County, North Central Texas

33 6' 12" N, 96 14' 9" W (33.103333, -96.235833)

FM 3211
8 Miles SW of Greenville
Population: 30 (1965)

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Clinton TX - City Limit
Approaching Clinton
Photo courtesy Mike Price, September 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

In 1887 the St. Louis Southwestern Railroad bought the land for a token of five dollars. The seller, one J. M. Massey made it conditional upon the railroad building a depot here. The railroad complied, naming it after one of their own officers that same year. The following year a post office was granted and continued for decades, although no one is certain of when it closed.

The earliest recorded population was in 1904 when 138 citizens were counted. By 1910 it had fallen to right around 100 and by the time the Great Depression arrived it was down to just 88. The last official count was in the mid 1960s when 30 people considered Clinton home.

A Visit to Clinton, Texas

Photographer's Note:
A crossroads, a few homes on dirt streets, cemetery, and a large influx of new homes on acre + sized lots is about all that's left of whatever was here. - Mike Price, September 2009

Clinton TX - Old House
Clinton scene
Photo courtesy Mike Price, September 2009


Clinton TX - 1859 Clinton Cemetery
The 1859 Clinton Cemetery
Photo courtesy Mike Price, September 2009

Historical Marker: 3.4 miles N of Caddo Mills on S Hwy 36; .4 miles W on CR 2720

Clinton Cemetery

According to local legend, this graveyard originated when an unknown cowboy was buried near this site with the permission of landowner James Massay, who designated the spot as a community cemetery. Massay also gave the land for a railroad right-of-way along which the town of Clinton was built. The earliest marked grave in the cemetery is that of R. J. McAdams (1836-1859), wife of J. E. McAdams. The village was named Massayville in 1899, but was later renamed Clinton for Charles S. Clinton, an official of the Cotton Belt Railway. More than 500 graves in this cemetery and a few scattered homes in the vicinity were all that remained of the Clinton community in 1998. The cemetery is a record of the pioneers of Hunt County.
(1998)


Clinton TX - Clinton Cemetery Historical Marker
Clinton Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Mike Price, September 2009


Clinton TX - Clinton Cemetery
Photo courtesy Mike Price, September 2009
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Clinton TX Hunt County  town & post office info
Clinton TX Hunt County 1910 Postmark
Postcard canceled with Clinton, TX 1910 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection


TX  Hunt County 1940s Map
Hunt County 1940s map showing Clinton
near Caddo Mills, SW of Greenville
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Clinton, Texas Nearby Towns:
Greenville the county seat
Caddo Mills
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