TexasEscapes.com Texas Escapes Online Magazine: Travel and History
Columns: History, Humor, Topical and Opinion
Over 1800 Texas Towns & Ghost Towns
NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : TEXAS HOTELS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : ARCHITECTURE : : IMAGES : : SITE MAP : : SEARCH SITE
HOME
SEARCH SITE
ARCHIVES
RESERVATIONS
Texas Hotels
Hotels
Cars
Air
Cruises
 
  Texas : Towns A-Z / Central Texas North / East Texas : Roxton

ROXTON, TEXAS

Lamar County, North Central Texas
Farm roads 137 and 38
18 miles SW of Paris
38 miles NW of Sulphur Springs

Population : 639

Book Your Hotel Here & Save
Paris Hotels

Roxton Bridges
Located on FM 38 as you enter the town from the north, the WPA railroad bridge is one of only three to exist in Texas... more

Roxton Landmarks
Roxton Bridges

Roxton History

History in a Pecan Shell

A timeline of significant events in Roxton's history:
1837: Originaly named Fort Shelton, Roxton was established by Jesse Shelton, an early settler who had settled on Cane Creek (three miles southwest of the present location).
1853: The community was known as Prairie Mount when the first post office was granted.
1869: The post office is renamed Roxton. The new name is believed to be a simplification of Rockstown or Rockston; it refers either to a prominent white limestone outcropping or to a distinctive rock gate built by a local landowner.
1887: The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway was extended just west of the original location of Roxton in order to connect with the Paris and Great Northern Railroad.
The town moved to the railroad and the original townsite became Old Roxton.
1890: Population reaches 226
1914: Population reaches 1,200 and Roxton gets it's own telephone company.
1974: Roxton is incorporated

Book Your Hotel Here & Save
Paris Hotels
More Hotels
Former depot in Roxton Texas
Former depot in Roxton
Photo courtesy Mike Price, April 2008
More Texas Depots
Downtown Roxton Texas
Downtown Roxton
Photo courtesy Mike Price, April 2008
City Drug Store, Roxton Texas
City Drug Store, Roxton Texas
City Drug Store
Photo courtesy Mike Price, April 2008
More Texas drug stores
Roxton Texas church
Photo courtesy Mike Price, April 2008
More Texas Churches
Roxton Texas former gas station
Former Mobile Station
Photo courtesy Mike Price, April 2008
More Texas Gas Stations
Roxton Texas mural
Photo courtesy Mike Price, April 2008
More Texas Murals

Roxton Texas Forum

Your information regarding the establishment of a fort near Roxton, Texas, is incorrect. It was established by Jesse Shelton, who was the father of Eli Shelton -- not Eli Shelton as stated. Jesse Shelton was my great, great, great grandfather. His son Eli was just a child when Fort Shelton was established. Thank you. - Lou Carolyn Rutherford, August 17, 2004
Book Your Hotel Here & Save
Paris Hotels
More Hotels
 
HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | TEXAS HOTELS
TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES

Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | MAPS

TEXAS FEATURES
Ghosts | People | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Black History | Rooms with a Past | Music | Animals | Books
COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Stores | Banks | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Drive-by Architecture | Old Neon | Murals | Signs | Ghost Signs | Then and Now
Vintage Photos

TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | HOTELS | USA | MEXICO

Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Recommend Us | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
Website Content Copyright 1998-2008. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved
This page last modified: June 17, 2008