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SQUEEZEPENNY, TEXAS

Collin County, North Central Texas
FM 2933
About 5 Miles NE of Mckinney
N of New Hope

Population: Unknown

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Photographer's Note:
"There is not much to Squeezepenney, just a couple of houses and ranches and I don't know how many people live [here]. I thought it was interesting because I had never heard of it.

Stiff Chapel Cemetery is located on CR 412. Less than a mile from the sprawling metropolis of Squeezepenny. The last burial was in the 30's. When I first saw it last summer, it was completely overgrown and looked like it hadn't seen any human activity in 10 years." - Jordan Gibson, April 2008
Squeezepenny Texas
Photo courtesy Jordan Gibson, 2008
“Squeezepenny, sitting under the long hill to the east, is a locality, but a locality with a name.” – Captain Roy F. Hall

Photographer Jordan Gibson researched Squeezepenny until he unearthed an article in the pages of the Collin County Genealogical site concerning the naming of the community. Written by Captain Roy F. Hall and originally published in the Collin County Daily Courier Gazette on April 25, 1952, it provides some facts on Squeezepenny, but unfortunately, there’s still no clue to the origin of its name. – Editor

From Captain Hall’s 1952 Article:
“Nobody knows how Squeezepenny got its name. This writer was told several different source facts for this, but none of them elite enough to bear the scrutiny of an educated public - a sensitive public, that is. Squeezepenny, sitting under the long hill to the east, is a locality, but a locality with a name.

Anyway the place got its start in 1855 when William Hampton and family came there from Bonham and established a mill. This mill ground corn and carded wool for yarn. During the Civil War the mill actually made cloth to supply the Confederate forces in the Indian Territory. It became quite famous as the Hampton & Harris mill. Horse powered.

Mr. Hampton later moved to Weston, and the mill passed into the hands, eventually, of Tom Craft, who had come to Squeezepenny from Alabama (via) old Pilot Grove. Mr. Craft turned the mill into a grist mill and cotton gin, and it remained as such till about 1900, when it was abandoned, and the machinery sold. Not a vestige of the old mill remains today.

Squeezepenny never had a school, church or other public building, and only one little store, run by Joe Bassham for a few years. The school children have always gone to the Melissa school nearly four miles away. There has never been even a collection of houses there, yet the place is known far and wide. The long hill mentioned had so many settlers right after the Civil War from the North that it took the name of Lincoln Ridge and was known by that name for a half century.

The only stagecoach robbery, or attack we have record of as occurring in Collin County, happened on the old Neal homestead. This is the supposedly haunted crossing, mentioned in these columns before. Here it was during the Civil War that a traveler and his small son was killed by the patrol from McKinney one moonlight night 90-some-odd years ago. The old road ran over the rock crossing till Mr. Neal had it moved westward to its present location about 1910.”

The Historic Stiff Chapel Cemetery
Squeezepenny, Texas

Photos courtesy Jordan Gibson
Stiff Chapel Cemetery Gate,  Squeezepenny Texas
Photos courtesy Jordan Gibson, 2008
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Photos courtesy Jordan Gibson, 2008
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