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DEXTER, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Cooke County, North Central Texas
Near the Red River
Highway 678
8.7(approx) miles ENE of Callisburg
Approx 11.5 WNW of Whitesboro
25 Miles NE of Gainesville
Population: Unknown

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Dexter Community Church Texas
Dexter Community Church
Photo courtesy Mike Price, February 2008
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History in a Pecan Shell

From a flowing spring three miles east of its present location, the town would've been called Sugar Hill if early settler, Jesse Morris hadn't had his way and named it Dexter after a then-famous racehorse.

The town dates from around 1870 with the post office opening three years later. By the early 1880s the town had an estimated 300 residents – including an equal number (4) of both blacksmiths and doctors.

Dexter’s prosperity was threatening the dominance of Gainesville but when the Denison and Pacific Railroad bypassed the town in favor of Woodbine, residents were disheartened. Some even took the drastic step of moving to Ardmore, Indian Territory.

Residents that remained voted to incorporate, but having a city government did little to stop people from leaving. Population figures from the late 1960s through 1990 showed about 70 residents remaining. The Dexter Community Church is still in place as well as the town’s two cemeteries: one north and one south.

Dexter Texas Today

Dexter Tx Closed Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
Dexter Tx - inside Closed Church
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Dexter Cemeteries

Dexter North Cemetery, Dexter TX
Dexter North Cemetery
Photo courtesy Mike Price, February 2008
Dexter North Cemetery tombstone,  Dexter TX
Photo courtesy Mike Price, February 2008
Dexter North Cemetery Woodmen of the World, Dexter TX
Dexter North Cemetery - Woodmen of the World
Photo courtesy Mike Price, February 2008
South Dexter Cemetery, Dexter Texas
South Dexter Cemetery
South Dexter Cemetery
Photo courtesy Mike Price, February 2008
South Dexter Cemetery tombstone W.L. Butt and wives
Photo courtesy Mike Price, February 2008
South Dexter Cemetery 1877 tombstone
Photos courtesy Mike Price, February 2008
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Cooke County Texas 1930s Map
1930s Cooke County Map showing Dexter (NE of Gainesville )
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Dexter, Texas
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