9 miles West of Rusk
22 miles East of Palestine
Population: 250 (1990)
|History in a Pecan
area around Maydelle was settled as early as the 1840s, but the town didn't form
until the railroad was built. Camp Wright had been a satellite prison that
housed prisoners making charcoal for the foundry at Rusk.
A group of local men saw the opportunity for development and bought the land around
the prison camp, platting a town in 1910.
The town was named after the
daughter of Governor Thomas Mitchell Campbell. Governor Mitchell is credited
with helping extend the railroad from Camp Wright to Palestine.
Palestine already had a connection to Dallas
on the International & Great Northern, so this link was important to the people
of Cherokee County since it connected them with the rest of the world.
There is no record of Maydelle Campbell's reaction to the town being named after
her, but she did sing at the opening of the townsite, so we'll assume she was
Merchants and - especially merchants left their suddenly insufficient
homes in the smaller communities to move to Maydelle. The towns of Gent,
Java, Mount Comfort, and Pine
Town can been seen on old county maps.
Maydelle was thriving in
1914 with a population of 150 and it reached a high water mark of 450 in 1929.
The town flourished during the early twentieth century, reaching a peak
population of 450 in 1929. It was reduced to only 150 persons during the Great
Depression, but currently it's enjoying 250 inhabitants thanks to the economic
boost of being on the route of the Texas
don't do Maydelle justice. Lots more there to see." - Barclay
Railroad Turntable |
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, August 2013
Glidden Grocery and Market in the 1940s, formerly a bank
Texas Forum Subject:
Photo of "Cushing Hotel"
This building was never a hotel. My grandparents owned this building beginning
in the 1940's (Glidden Grocery and Market) and it is still owned by my cousin.
They used the bottom floor for their grocery store and a kitchen, and the top
floor was their residence. They built out the bedrooms and living room on the
top floor, which originally was just one big room, and added an inside staircase.
Before that, the bottom floor was occupied by a bank and the vault,
which my grandparents used as a pantry, is still there, with an inscription written
in the vault dated 1919.
The Cushing Hotel sign was put on the building
when the movie "The Long Summer of George Adams" starring James Garner was filmed
there in 1981. The movie was about a town called "Cushing, Oklahoma" and that
is the reason for the sign. Thanks! - Margaret Haney, June 15, 2004
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Cherokee County map showing Maydelle|
"CHE" in "CHEROKEE")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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