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    ORE CITY, TEXAS

    Upshur County, East Texas
    US 259 and FM 450
    10 miles S of Lone Star
    6 miles N of Diana
    14 miles NE of Gilmer
    12 miles SW of Avinger

    Population: 898 (1990)

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    Ore City TX - City Limit
    Entering Ore City
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, January 2011
    History in a Pecan Shell

    The name comes from the ore deposits found here prior to the Civil War. Various small mining operations extracted small amounts of the ore from the 1860s through 1900 but it wasn’t until 1910 when large-scale mining was envisioned.

    In 1911 the Santa Fe railroad signed an agreement to lay rails from (the freshly-platted) Ore City to distant Port Bolivar. By 1914 the line had completed the first 30 miles, connecting Ore City with Longview. (See Port Bolivar & Iron Ore Railroad Historical Marker)

    Growth was immediate and with a population of 400, the town had most essential businesses although little work was done on extending the rails due to the US entry into World War One. The line was abandoned just short of the beginning of the Great Depression. Ore City did survive the Depression and in 1935 it still retained 500 residents. After WWII, the population had decreased to less than 400 but the town incorporated by 1952. It added new residents and from an estimated 800 people in the mid 1960s, it grew to 900 by the mid 1970s making it Upshur County’s “second city.”
    Ore City Texas - Port Bolivar & Iron Ore Railroad Historical Marker
    Port Bolivar & Iron Ore Railroad Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, January 2011
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    Ore City TX - United Methodist Church
    United Methodist Church
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    Ore City Texas - Water Tower

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    Upshur County TX 1920s Map
    Upshur County TX 1920s Map showing Ore City
    (Above "R" in "UPSHUR")
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