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    DALBY SPRINGS, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Bowie County, East Texas
    FM 561 (Off US 569)
    12 Miles S of De Kalb
    16 Miles SW of New Boston
    E of Texarkana

    Population: 0141 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Settlement began in the late 1830s when the Warren Dalby family moved here and discovered springs on their property. Later, when the waters were discovered to have medicinal properties, it created a boom. In the 1850s, housing was built for those seeking health, and in 1860 a post office was granted.

    The community peaked in the mid 1880s when it reached 250. By 1900 it had fallen below 200 and while it remained there for decades, by the 1950s it had fallen to a mere 50 residents.

    It reached a low of just 60 in the mid 1980s which has increased to 141 for the 2000 census.
    Dalby Springs Texas - 1839 United Methodist Church
    The 1839 Dalby Springs Methodist Church
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Dalby Springs Texas - United Methodist Church historical marker
    Church Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Historical Marker Text

    Dalby Springs Methodist Church

    Built of knotless pine lumber in 1888. First house of worship built by congregation who had been worshipping since 1839 in homes, groves and school. During this time the town of Dalby Springs emerged from farmland and grew into a summer health spa.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1966
    Dalby Springs Texas - United Methodist Church historical  marker text
    Dalby Springs Methodist Church Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Dalby Springs Texas - United Methodist Church 1839 sign
    Est. 1839
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Dalby Springs Texas - United Methodist Church sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Dalby Springs Texas Cemetery
    Dalby Springs Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Dalby Springs Texas Cemetery Bell
    Dalby Springs Cemetery Bell
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Bowie County Texas 1907 Postal map
    1907 Bowie County Postal map showing Dalby Springs
    (Below "B" in "B-O-W-I-E", near Red River County line.)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Dalby Springs, Texas Forum

  • "We lived about 2 miles from Dalby Springs in the early 50s. There is quite a history. When we lived there, there was one water well that you could still get water from, and a small store / gas station. The water from the well was dark red. It didn't smell very good. If you put the water in a glass jug, over time the inside of the jug would turn a dark rusty color. I guess it was from sulfur in the water or another mineral. They stuck oil about 1950-52 about three miles south-south east of Dalby Springs. It was a low grade crude oil. Dad said it was a paraffin-base oil. About two miles west of Dalby Spring is an artisan water well. It is still running good water. I have drank from it several times." - Jesse Suttles, April 10, 2012
  • Photographer's Note:
    Dalby Springs is featured in T. Lindsay Baker 's 'More Ghost Towns of Texas.' - Barclay Gibson, August 2010


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