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MAYFIELD, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Hill County, Central Texas North

State Highway 171 at Hackberry Creek
About 7 Miles N of Hillsboro, the county seat
Population: 12 (2000)

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Hill County TX - Cemetery in Mayfield
Cemetery in Mayfield
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018

History in a Pecan Shell

Prior to the Civil War, the region was already establishing a ranching industry. After the war, permanent settlers arrived from other Southern states, congregating around the water provided by Hackberry Creek. Several communities-in-the-making vied to become dominant. These included McDonald, Prairiedale, and Loveless - a community not taken seriously when it was sometimes called Frog Liver.

Prairiedale was a likely winner, but when its Baptist Church was physically moved to Mayfield, it gave Mayfield the advantage. Finally, in 1912, the communities consolidated their schools - at Mayfield.

As for the naming of Mayfield, it is said that when the railroad (The Trinity and Brazos Valley) arrived in 1904, the railroad had already used up the names of executives and railroad personnel and were forced to honor a local. Since the Trinity and Brazos had a spur designated for shipping cotton, they named it after John Mayfield, the worker who was present when they were choosing a name.

The Mayfield school became a community center after the mid-1950s. Mayfield's store, gas station and gin also shuttered in the 1950s, creating a death spiral that was irreversible. By the 1980s, Mayfield had become "a dispersed rural community" with no discernable center. Although no high water mark was recorded, the 2000 census count of 12 - and the fact that it was once an amalgam of three communities, pushed Mayfield into the Ghost Town category.
Mayfield TX - Union Ridge Baptist Church
Union Ridge Baptist Church in Mayfield
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2005
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Cemetery

Photographer's Note:

I wanted to share some photos with you of a cemetery that has no name. It's located in the middle of a corn field, between Hillsboro and Osceola, in a town of Mayfield. - Jen Basham, February 28, 2018
Hill County TX - Cemetery in Mayfield
Approaching the cemetery in Mayfield
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018
Hill County TX - Confederate tombston in Cemetery in Mayfield
Confederate tombstone
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018
Hill County TX - fallen tombsotne in  Cemetery in Mayfield
Tombstone
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018
Hill County TX - tombsotne in  Cemetery in Mayfield
Tombstone
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018
Hill County TX - fallen tombsotne in  Cemetery in Mayfield
Tombstone
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018
Hill County TX - tombsotne in  Cemetery in Mayfield
Tombstone
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018
Hill County TX -  tombsotne in  Cemetery in Mayfield
Tombstone
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018
Hill County TX - broken tombsotne in  Cemetery in Mayfield
Broken tombstone
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018
Hill County TX -  cast iron fence and tombsotne in  Cemetery in Mayfield
Tombstone by the cemetery cast iron fence
Photos courtesy of Jen Basham, February 2018
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TX Hill County 1920s Map
1920s Hill CountyTexas map showing Mayfield, Osceola and Lovelace (Loveless) N and NE of Hillsboro
From Texas state map #10749
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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