Zandt County, North
FM 1504 and State Highway 64
6 Miles NW of Canton
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Myrtle Springs Schoolhouse|
courtesy Bob Landrum, 2013
History in a Pecan
ShellThe town dates
from 1872 when it was known as Holden Springs. J.M. Holden bought 200 acres
here and built a steam-operated gin and grist mill.
The fertile land and
the ample water made it a natural for the nursery business. Nurseyman W.A.T. Murrey
is said to be responsible for the current name, combining the word Springs with
the (Crape) Myrtle shrub.
In 1875 adjacent land was purchased for the
establishment of fruit and ornamental tree nurseries. In 1878 a post office was
granted but closed sometime after that date, reopening in 1887 and remaining open
It was developed as a health resort in the early 1890s, with
a two story hotel and bathing facilities. Incorporated in 1893, the corporation
was sued by a would-be saloon owner when the incorporation banned liquor. He won
the suit in an 1895 election.
Although it had many visitors, Myrtle Springs
only kept a year-round population of about 100. A host of other small industries
sprouted in and around the town, including a broom factory and a canning plant.
the onset of the Great Depression the population had reached nearly 400. After
a brief period of decline it rose back by 1947. At the time of the 1950 Census
Myrtle Springs had five grocery stores, The population fell to 131 by the late
1980s where it remained for the 1990 and 2000 census.
Myrtle Springs schoolhouse
roof in need of repair|
Photo courtesy Bob Landrum, 2013
Myrtle Springs School in Van Zandt County, Texas
The Myrtle Springs Independent School District was consolidated with the Wills
Point Independent School District in 1977. A dedicated group of people, the Myrtle
Springs Alumni, has been able to preserve the building utilizing it for theatrical
productions, reunions, weddings, etc. Today, it continues to serve the area in
this capacity but is in need of a new roof. Myrtle Springs is located on U. S.
Highway 64 between Wills Point
and Canton. - Bob Landrum, March 25,
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