a Pecan Shell
Geneva was a steamboat
port on the Trinity River. Established in the 1830s, by the end of
that decade it had its own post office.
The community consisted of about 12 buildings in the mid 1840s. Original
settlers had been on the San
Jacinto County side of the river. The tiny community peaked in
the mid 1840s with little more than a dozen residences. A post office
operated (on the Polk
County side of the river) from 1879 to 1882.
Geneva became a ghost town and sat for decades until the site was
flooded with the construction of Lake Livingston in the 1980s.
Geneva seems a fancy word
to call a town that's been submerged,
the town resisted while it could
but for a dam, it's gone for good
The little town we can assume
enjoyed itself until its doom,
it shoulda moved, but there it stood
now I'll be damned, it's gone for good.
October 21, 2014
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