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ALABAMA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Houston County, East Texas
On the Trinity River
About 10 Miles SW of Crockett
Population: 0

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Alabama, Texas 1936 Centennial Marker
Alabama, Texas Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
History in a Pecan Shell

Settled in the 1830s, it served as a river port and post office (1846) for area residents. It was also the home of antebellum Trinity College (est 1841).

Commerce on the river was phased out with the railroad expansion of the 1870s and the town suffered accordingly. By 1878 the post office had closed and the town was in terminal decline by the 1880s.

Still there were enough students to warrant a school and the town appeared on maps as late as the 1940s, even though it was a virtual ghost by the 1930s.

Photographer's Note:
"There is nothing, nothing, left to identify the townsite of Alabama. Even so, it qualified for a granite Centennial Marker to be set there back in 1936. Google satellite pictures show that, maybe, the current dirt road (Private Property) to the marker was the original trail to the ferry crossing as it seems to pick up on the other side of the Trinity river, in Leon County." - Barclay Gibson
Alabama, Texas 1936 Centennial Marker
Alabama, Texas Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
Marker Location according to THC:
"18 mi. SW of Crockett, FM 132 near Trinity River, on private land"
Historical Marker Text

Site of the Town of Alabama

Important shipping point before the Civil War. Here was established Trinity College, the first institution of higher education in Houston County. Its charter was granted on January 30, 1841 by the Congress of the Republic of Texas.
Erected by the State of Texas 1936
Alabama, Texas 1936 Centennial Marker
Alabama, Texas Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
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