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DANVILLE, TEXAS
AKA New Danville or Rabbit Creek

Texas Ghost Town
Gregg County, East Texas

32° 24' 4" N, 94° 49' 37" W (32.401111, -94.826944)
On Danville Road
S of FM 349
E of US 259
About 3 Miles NE of Kilgore
8 miles SW of Longview the county seat
Population: Unknown / Dispersed

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DanvilleTX -  1853 Danville Cemetery
The 1853 Danville Cemetery
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2011
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History on a Pecan Shell

Established in the late 1840s, it was named after settlers homesick for their former residence in Kentucky.

In 1848 the Gum Springs Presbyterian Church opened its doors and four years later the New Danville Masonic Lodge was formed.

A post office opened in 1850 but was officially known as the Rabbit Creek post office. It was changed to New Danville two years later. It remained in operation until 1873, making the postal cover below, a rare item.

“New” Danville peaked in the 1860s with most essential businesses and as many as four stores and a gin. In the early 1870s with the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad into Gregg County, Danville was bypassed in favor of Kilgore.

As residents and businesses fled to the prosperous lifeline that was the railroad, New Danville faded. After the Great Depression and WWII, the town was so depleted that they even dropped the "New" from it's name. Danville retained two stores despite its downsizing. Over the years the stores closed. Only the cemetery, a church and scattered residences remain today.

Danville TX United Methodist Church
Danville United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2011
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Danville TX - Danville Parks on Old Hwy 26
Danville Farms on Danville Road
near the intersection of Old Hwy 26
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2011
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New Danville, Gregg County, TX 1860s postmark
New Danville, Gregg County, TX 1860s postmark
Cover canceled with 1860s New Danville postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Upshur County TX 1858 Map
From 1858 Texas state map showing New Danville S of Upshur County and the Sabine River
Courtesy Texas General Land Office


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