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DENSON SPRINGS, TEXAS

Anderson County, East Texas

Highway 294
18 Miles SE of Palestine
Population: 100 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

From Country Stores by Bob Bowman:
A friend who lives near Trawick was bemoaning the loss of country stores a few days ago.

"When I was a kid, you could drive all over East Texas, and every little town had one or two stores and did a good business because the hometown folks always traded with them," he said.

My best memory of such a store was at Denson Springs on Highway 294 in Anderson County.

Every time we went to see my maternal grandparents at Slocum, my father always stopped at the store and bought a round of orange "soda waters" for his four kids. He also knew the storekeeper, a large, laughing man who sometimes gave us free candy bars.

By 1914 Denson Springs had 100 residents, two general stores and a cotton gin. The local school was consolidated with the Slocum schools by 1955, and by 1982 Denson Springs consisted only of a cemetery, several scattered dwellings, and one store... more
Anderson  county TX 1907 postal map
Anderson County 1907 Post Map showing Denson Springs
(SE Anderson County, near Cherokee County line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Denson Springs, Texas
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