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MONTALBA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Anderson County, East Texas
Highway 19
10 Miles N of Palestine
9 Miles E of Tennessee Colony
Population: 110 (2000)

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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

Montalba History in a Pecan Shell

William J. Hamlett is credited with filling out the application for a post office in 1881. The reason or source of the name supposedly comes from the white (alba) sand on a nearby mountain (Mont). The areas’s previous post office had been located several miles north of present Montalba where the Beaver Valley Primitive Baptist Church (and cemetery) had been established (later to become Holly Springs.)

Both Beaver Valley and then Montalba prospered due to the location alongside the Palestine to Athens road. It was reported that a Confederate foundry nearby manufactured guns and ammunition for “the Lost Cause.”

The population hit a low of fifty residents in 1925 and then increased during the first years of the Great Depression to 300. In the late 1970 there were still several businesses and three churches. In the mid 1960s there were 200 people reported living here, but it declined to 110 in the mid 1970s and that number continues to be used to the present census (2000).


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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

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