.9 mile off Highway 69
at FM 1799 and FM 779
5 miles SE of Alba
5 miles NW of Mineola
NW of Tyler
Population: 156 (1990)
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in a Pecan Shell|
The area was settled as early as the mid-1860s.
Golden was named after one John Golden, a construction engineer for the MKT
railroad when it built South from Greenville
toward Mineola in 1881.
This portion of Wood County supplied railroad ties for the MKT while the timber
lasted. By the mid 1880s, Golden had been granted a post office and by 1890 it
had a respectable 100 citizens, several businesses and a vineyard - a fairly rare
enterprise for East Texas considering
the abundance of wild grapes.
By the mid 1890s the population was around
300 and just prior to WWI the town reached it's population high-water mark of
650. The town got a bank in 1907 and their newspaper was cleverly named "The
The Great Depression forced the bank to close in 1931 and it is thought that
the pictured vault may be that of the bank.
Golden's population declined
further and by the mid-1950s, the railroad had abandoned the Greenville - Mineola
tracks. The population has remained between 100 - 200 persons from the late 60s
until the present.
Sweet Potato Festival - the fourth Saturday
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business in Golden|
Photo courtesy Jack Williams, 9-02
vault - quite probably belonging to the Golden Bank|
Photo courtesy Jack Williams,
driving through the woods on the way home from who knows where when all of the
sudden I came upon two large buildings standing across a large intersection from
each other. The town was Golden, TX .... I have attached a picture of each of
the large buildings, the post office, and the remains of the bank vault. There
are also three cafe's nearly side by side, a small store, and at least one church.
There is also a cemetery. ...
They have a sweet potato festival
on the fourth Saturday of October. ... Again, thanks for letting me contribute
- Jack Williams, October 01, 2002
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I am writing you to give you my memories of Golden.
My name is Dorothy
Brooks Tomlins, born as Dorothy Lee Brooks in Alba, TX in July 1915. My parents,
Tura & Charles, who was known as CJ, moved to Golden in 1915 when I was a few
Our house in Golden, was on Sandy Road, right across from
the railroad track. When the train would come by, I would run up on the hill and
wave to the engineer, he would throw me a piece of candy as he went by. There
was a mill down the road from us, where they made sugar cane syrup. My dad bought
a small piece of land near the Methodist Church, where we were members, and we
kids grew cucumbers. They were shipped out from Golden and we made a little bit
of money. In the 1970’s my brothers, Charles Maynard and Joe Wise, and I donated
the lot to the Methodist Church.
My grandfather, Joe Brooks, and wife
Lizzie Brooks had a small grocery store on the highway in Golden, and my dad,
CJ, and his brother Ambrose, started Brooks Brothers Drug Store. It was a long
brick building. It soon became only Brooks Drug Store, my dad was a pharmacist.
Many nights he was called to fill a prescription and since there wasn’t a doctor
in town, many started calling him “Doc”. There was no electricity when we moved
to Golden. But when I was 8 years old, dad had electricity brought into Golden.
Our friends, the Harrison’s, lived across the road from my grandparents.
They had the only telephone so they were “central”. I loved spending the night
with Marie, their youngest daughter. They also had a storm cellar, and I remember
when a storm would be coming in, we called them cyclones, we would all run to
their storm cellar. Such excitement!
In 1927 (approx) my brother Charles
Maynard, graduated from high school in Golden (10th grade), and my parents were
encouraged to further his education. The new highway was rerouted around Golden,
so we moved to Denton where there were 2 colleges. Dad still had the drug store,
until the Great Depression hit, his business failed, as did his health.
My son Paul and his wife Sandy are driving me to Golden in May, I haven’t been
back to Golden since I was 17, and since I will be 93 in July, I am truly looking
forward to seeing Golden and reliving some wonderful memories. - Dorothy Tomlins,
March 07, 2008
Golden Gas Station Jam Session
About 20 years ago I was taking a shortcut
to a relative's weekend retreat in East Texas. It was a Saturday evening just
after sunset and I was coming into the town of Golden. I came around the corner
and there was an old gas station. The pumps instantly caught my eye because they
were so old I knew that they could not be in operation. At that point I noticed
a group of men standing there with musical instruments. There were three or four
elderly gentlemen on guitars and a young Mexican farm worker on a stand-up snare
drum. The men had their cigarettes resting on top of the gas pumps while they
play country music. I stayed there for about 45 minutes for some of the most entertaining
moments of my life! - Dennis Christy, Irving, Texas, October 20, 2007
Dear TE, It was exciting to see Golden Texas [in your magazine],
especially in light of the fact that the first picture shown is the building where
I was born, or so I've been told. Evidently, after the bank closed down, it was
turned into an apartment and I was born there in March of 1941. My parents divorced
when I was 12, but my father, Alvis Galusha, is buried there in Golden Cemetery.
My cousins and my brother and I used to explore when I was a kid and I remember
the railroad well even though we weren't supposed to be that far away from my
grandparent's land. We would sit and watch the train go by and the engineers would
throw us chewing gum. Being a city girl, visiting my grandparents every summer
in the country was always the highlight of my year. This has really brought back
memories. I still go back occasionally to the cemetery and love to go into the
main store there where pictures of my grandparents are on display as well as some
other relatives. I was so astonished the first time I saw the pictures, but thrilled.
I have passed this website on to my brother and my children who will probably
be extremely interested in preserving these momentos. So thank you very much for
the effort and research you have conducted. - Connie (Galusha) Lattoz, Baytown,
Texas, February 15, 2007
Dear TE: My name is Tommy Wayne Bullard and I was born in Golden, on September
11, 1943. My Grandmother was Mollie Branum, later Mollie Benthul. She is buried
in the Golden Cemetery. My Dad farmed and performed mechanical work in Golden.
We moved to Vidor Tx about 1945 but returned to Golden three or four times a year
as long as my Grandmother was there. I have a Cousin in Mineola, that was also
raised there. He might be able to tell you more about Golden. I have only good
memories about that nice little town. Thanks. Tom Bullard, Vidor, Texas, September
of all, great website! I read with interest the info on Golden Texas. I, along
with other relatives just purchased one of the two buildings pictured on your
page (the two-story building.) The building is now an art gallery with studios
upstairs. Of course, we are interested in any information on the building, and
Golden in general. Included in your information is mention of a vineyard - we
have not been able to find any other mention of this and wondered where you found
that info? We would like to someday re-establish a vineyard in Golden so any info
you have would be greatly appreciated. Thank you. - Craig Musgraves, Golden,
TX, November 10, 2004
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