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KELLYVILLE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Marion County, East Texas

Highway 49
4 Miles W of Jefferson
Population: Unknown

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Approaching Kellyville
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Site of the Kelly Foundry, Furnace, and Plow Company, the town had previously been known as Four-mile Branch. Zachariah Lockett and John A. Stewart built a foundry and furnace here in 1848. The enterprise was a much-needed wagon repair yard and plow manufacturing facility.

The partners were joined by George Kelly in 1852 who first served as a foreman, overseeing operations. By 1858 Kelly had been made a full partner and two years later he was the sole owner of the business.

The town was being called Kellyville locally but Kellysville on records. The business produced ammunition for Confederate forces during the Civil War. The town grew to accommodate the employees of the forge.

Kelly bought out his main competitor after the war and expanded operations. By 1883 the name of the town was officially changed to Kellyville.

The economic impact of the company on the town was complete. It’s success was shared by the community and in 1880 the company was recognized as the leader in agricultural implements.

The company suffered a fire and other problems beset the company, forcing Kelly to move operations to Longview in 1882. The town didn’t survive the move. Overnight, Kellyville’s economy switched from thriving to nothing. The townspeople that stayed went back to farming vegetables and raising dairy cattle. Some employees followed Kelly to Longview while others left to find work elsewhere.

In 1908 the Kellyville post office closed its doors. The once proud town which peaked at nearly 1,000 citizens had only 20 people by the time the Great Depression hit.

The Texas Centennial Committee erected a marker here to commemorate the Kelly firm. The economy of the community today is based on tourism and recreational activities at Caddo Lake State Park.
Longview TX - 1908 Kelly Plow Works
Kelly Plow Works in Longview
1908 postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

A Visit to Kellyville

Photographer's Note:
I was out in east Texas in the vicinity of Jefferson, Wednesday, February 3, 2010 photoing some “Towns” for you when I got a big surprise. The surprise was I found\saw three markers. The big surprise was it was on a stretch of highway I have traveled many years in my former employment with the Kansas City Southern Railroad and I never ever saw them. Yet, on this late evening they just sort of jumped out at me.

On the “Kellyville” marker. It was quite interesting when I read what was on it. I had seen the road signs, “Kellyville” for years and always wonder what the big deal was about this place - and now I know. It is located on highway TX-49 at the intersection of TX-49 and Kellyville Rd. - Gerald Massey, February 2010
Kellyville TX Centennial Marker
Kellyville Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010
Kellyville TX Centennial Marker text
Kellyville Centennial Marker text
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010
More Texas Centennial
KellyvilleTX Park and markers
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010
Kellyville TX Country Scene
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010
KellyvilleTX - Old Kellyville Pub
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010
KellyvilleTX - Entrance to Old Kellyville Pub
Old Kellyville Pub
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, February 2010

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