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ETHEL, TEXAS

Grayson County, North Central Texas
FM 902
14 Miles SW of Sherman
North of Dallas

Population: 000040 (2000)

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Ethel Texas windmill
Photo courtesy Mike Price, November 2007
History on a Pinhead

The town was settled in the late 1850s. Growth was slow and it wasn’t until 1885 that the community received a post office, built on the ranch of one S. A. Schott. The name Ethel was suggested by storekeeper W. H. Burgin, who also served as the town’s first postmaster.

The 1900 population was eighty-one but by this time there was little hope of a railroad connection. The post office closed in 1902 and the Great Depression reduced the population to a mere 25 people where it remained until the boom of the 1990s when it exploded to 40 residents.

Ethel, Texas Today

Photos courtesy Mike Price
Ethel Texas transmission tower
The transmission tower
Photo courtesy Mike Price, November 2007
Photographer's Note:
The community of Ethel is dominated by the transmission tower shown. It is about a mile from the center of the community. It is 1999 feet tall, making it the second tallest structure in the state, just after the ERA tower which is about 30-40 miles away.

The cemetery is a little south of 'town'. The grave shown was the oldest I saw, but I made no real effort to search it thoroughly. Most graves were rather old, 50-75 years or older.

The's no indication that there is/was any commercial development in the area. The community consists of about 20 homes from trailers to very nice modern homes. I only saw one that looked to be really old. - Mike Price, November 2007
Ethel Texas country scene
Ethel looking south
Leaving Ethel Texas
Ethel looking north
Ethel Cemetery, Texas
Ethel Cemetery
Ethel Cemetery, Texas
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Ethel TX Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Cumberland Presbyterian Church at the north end of town
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Photos courtesy Mike Price, November 2007
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