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CENTER POINT, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Camp County, East Texas
FM 2057
9 miles SE of Pittsburg

Population 0

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The Center Point School
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Center Point was originally settled by emancipated slaves in 1865. The crossing of two major roads is the source of the name. The community had built a church by 1873 and a school followed in 1889. The rest of Center Point's history is directly related to the school's history.

From a one room school in bad condition in 1900, it was a two teacher school eight years later. Public bonds sold in 1916 financed a four-room school and the Julius Rosenwald Foundation donated a library and nearly $6,000 for construction.

By the 1935-36 school year it was regarded as one of Camp County's better schools. Nine of the school's ten teachers had at least B.A. degrees, and, the average teacher's salary was higher than that at any other Camp County school. During the Great Depression the population started shrinking and in 1938 the Center Point High School was down to 78 students. In 1955 Center Point merged with the Pittsburg ISD.

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Center Point Cemetery
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Center Point historical marker, Texas
Center Point Historical Marker
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Center Point Community

In 1865 black Freedmen began this community. The Center Point Baptist Church was organized in 1873. The Industrial Union was chartered in 1889 to aid settlers in buying farms and building homes. A cooperative managed a brick kiln, sawmill and cotton gin. Under the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. L. B. Cash, the first principals, Center Point School became an important vocational facility. Students erected most of the structures on the 14-acre campus and there was a cooperative boarding plan. The school was consolidated with Pittsburg in 1950.
Center Point school historical marker, Texas
Center Point School historical marker
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Center Point  closed church, Texas
Center Point Baptist Church - Closed
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Center Point  Baptist Church corner stone, Texas
Center Point Baptist Church cornerstone
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