in this town need to have submarines as the site is at the bottom of Lake
Texoma, near what is now Hagerman Wildlife Refuge on the Big Mineral arm of
the lake. A cemetery was moved to what I believe is the one pictured. The grave
of the founder of Hagerman (Smith) is shown in the photo. There is a Hagerman
Baptist church about 2-3 miles south east of the cemetery, but it's a new all-metal
building and I didn't take any pictures." - Mike
Price, November 19, 2007
in a Pecan Shell|
Originally the town was named in honor of
S. D. Steedman, a Grayson County judge. The town was established in 1880 and a
post office was granted that same year. It remained as Steedman until the Missouri,
Kansas and Texas Railroad arrived in 1909 and it was renamed for railroad attorney
Information is sketchy and population figures scarce,
but it is known that the post office closed sometime in the 1930s when the town
had an estimated population of around 150.
Hagerman had the railroad,
but it may have been too close to Sherman
to have a chance at
real growth. The limited infrastructure and paltry population made Hagerman expendable
when plans were being drawn up for Lake
Texoma in 1944.
Hagerman was submerged and is now a part of the lakebed
of Lake Texoma. The cemetery
was relocated several miles from the original site.