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HALSELL, TEXAS

Submerged Ghost Town

Clay County, Central Texas North

Under Lake Arrowhead (Usually)
About 10 Miles SW of Henrietta the county seat
Population: 0

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History in a Waterlogged Pecan Shell

Established at the turn of the 20th Century, the town was named after local rancher Henry H. Halsell. The town was granted a post office in 1901 although it closed in 1919.

The town shifted its location slightly in 1903 to enjoy the benefits of being alongside the tracks of the railroad (Red River and Southwestern) connecting Henrietta with Archer City.

Growth was immediate and some estimates place the population at 600. In 1921 the railroad discontinued service which resulted in a sudden decline.

The Great Depression took itís toll and by 1933 there were only 36 residents served by a single business.

Oil was discovered but did not result in anything resembling a boom. The population of 36 continued to be used through the 1960s.

The building of Lake Arrowhead in 1965 resulted in Halsell being taken by eminent domain for the construction. The recent droughts have depleted waters in the region and in the summer of 2014, foundations of several old buildings came to the surface.

Clay County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Clay County postal map showing Halsell
(between Henrietta and Archer City)

From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office



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Halsell, Texas Nearby Towns:
Henrietta the county seat
Bowie
Wichita Falls
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