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SUNSET, TEXAS

Montague County, North Central Texas
Highway 101 at the West end of FM 1749
15 Miles S of Montague
Just E of Highway 287
About 50 Miles NW of Fort Worth
Population: 339 (2000)

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Entering Sunset Texas
Entering Sunset
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

The community could be considered to have been alongside the Butterfield Overland stage route since there was once a stop two miles from Sunset’s present location. Settlement began around 1870 and a store was in operation soon after. Storekeeper Sam Smith applied for a post office under the name Smithville, but Bastrop County had beat them to it. The name Sunset was suggested and accepted.

In 1882 the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad arrived, drawing off population from the smaller town of Pella. The population in 1900 was estimated to be over 600.

A surveyor’s mistake had placed Sunset in Wise county prior to 1990 but a ruling put it firmly inside Montague. From 1900 to 1940 the town prospered, although a toll was taken by the boll weevil in the 20s, the Drepession in the 30s, WWII in the 40s and by the time the 50s had arrived, Sunset had an estimated population of 260. By the 1980s it was down to a mere 200 – the number given for the 1990 census.
Sunset Texas old sservice station
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
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Sunset Texas volunteer fire department
Sunset Volunteer Fir Department
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007


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