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WEST POINT, TEXAS

Fayette County, Central Texas South

29° 56' 38" N, 97° 2' 13" W (29.943889, -97.036944)
Highway 71
12 Miles W of La Grange
4 Miles W of Plum
8 Miles E of Smithville
Population: 205 est (2010, 2000, 1990)

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West Point TX Hwy71 Havemann Store
J. E. Wessels Humble Station became Havemann's Texaco Station in 1940
1944 photo courtesy William Wessels

History in a Pecan Shell

The land had been deeded as long ago as 1831 but it wasn’t until the 1880s when the railroad arrived that the town was established. The first railroad was the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, which was soon followed by the Texas and New Orleans.

Montreville Woods was one of the two original owners. It was the Woods family that built a stockade here and for sometime the region south of the Colorado River was called Wood’s Prairie.

A post office was granted in 1894 when West Point had most essential businesses including two doctors, three hotels and a cannery.

The construction of Highway 71 one mile south of the railroad tracks caused a sizable portion of the populace to move toward the highway.

The community had a population of 300 during the 1940s. Students attended classes in La Grange, and by 1950 the population had shrunk by nearly half. Agriculture consists of growing corn which is supplemented by oil and gas. The 1990 census reported 205 and those numbers are used again for the 2000 and 2010 count.
West Point TX - School
West Point Public School
Photo courtesy William Wessels, September 2009
West Point TX - School Interior
School Interior
Photo courtesy William Wessels, September 2009
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West Point TX Post Office / Drug Store
Photo courtesy William Wessels, September 2009
West Point TX Post Office / Drug Store
West Point Drug Store / Post Office
Photo courtesy William Wessels, September 2009
West Point TX Post Office  interior
West Point Drug Store / Post Office interior
Photo courtesy William Wessels, September 2009
West Point TX Post Office  interior
Photo courtesy William Wessels, September 2009
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West Point TX - Wessels Auto Dealership & Shelburne (Luck) Grocery
Wessels Auto Dealership & Shelburne (Luck) Grocery
Photo courtesy William Wessels, September 2012
West Point TX - Wessels Garage & L.C. Luck Store
"The Luck store was originally owned by S.A. Shelburne and the Garage was built and owned by John Wessels, brother of Adolph Wessels."
Photo courtesy William Wessels
L.C. Luck General Merchandise in West Point
Vintage photo courtesy William Wessels
West Point, TX - Havermann's Texaco Station and Store
Havemann's Texaco Station and Store
"This was also built by John Wessels and operated by his daughter Laura and her husband, Vastine Havemann. The building eventually burned down." - William Wessels
Vintage photo courtesy Carolyn Heinsohn
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West Point TX Hwy71 Havemann Grocery
Havemann Grocery, destroyed by fired in 1985
Photo courtesy William Wessels
West Point TX Hwy71 Havemann Grocery
Havemann Grocery on Hwy 71
Photo courtesy William Wessels
West Point Texas depot
The train station once stood on the west side of town before it was moved to Smithville.
1959 photo courtesy William Wessels
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Old Plum Grove Cemetery

West Point TX - Old Plum Grove Cemetery
Old Plum Grove Cemetery
E on State Loop 543, N on CR 109, E on Plum Grove Cemetery Rd.
Photo courtesy William Wessels, April 2014

Historical marker


Old Plum Grove Cemetery

Old Plum Grove Cemetery began as a family burial ground. Texas pioneer John Y. Criswell buried his wife, Eleanor, on this site. The Criswell family was part of Stephen F. Austin’s Third Colony, which arrived in Texas by 1830. In 1839, the Plum Grove Baptist Church, which would become linked to the cemetery, formed. This was one of the earliest Baptist churches in the state of Texas. In 1851, John Click deeded land for the church and cemetery to the congregation. Church participation declined in the 1860s, and by the end of the decade, the congregation moved its place of worship. Soon, though, the nearby community of West Point started to grow and began using the burial ground. The earliest grave here dates to 1835. Other graves include those of military veterans involved in conflicts dating to the Texas Revolution.

The cemetery had two sections – one where whites were interred and the other for African American burials. Today, as one cemetery, the site serves as a monument to the history of the surrounding communities.
Historic Texas Cemetery - 2006

West Point TX - 1835 Criswell Family Cemetery
The 1835 Criswell Family Cemetery in West Point
Photo courtesy William Wessels, April 2014
West Point TX - 1835 Criswell Family Cemetery plaque
1835 Criswell Family Cemetery Plaque
Photo courtesy William Wessels, April 2014
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Fayette County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Fayette County postal map showing West Point
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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