TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Walker County TX
Walker County

Counties
Texas Counties


Texas Towns
A - Z

Huntsville Hotels

More Hotels




PHELPS, TEXAS


Walker County, East Texas

FM 2296
Just S of Highway 190
6 Miles E of Huntsville the county seat
Population: 98 Est. (2010, 2000, 1990)

Book Hotel Here › Huntsville Hotels

Phelps Texas cistern
Cistern
TE photo, June 2004

History in a Pecan Shell

The Houston and Great Northern Railroad built a station here in the 1870s and the town grew up around it. The contractor for the railroad construction was the Phelps-Dodge Corporation from whence the name came.

In 1874 a post office was granted and the railroad added a spur at Phelps, connecting Huntsville to the main line. Phelps became the nucleus of a cluster of sawmills and the mill workers resided in the hub town. It was estimated that the population included residents of 100 separate families. From a mere 25 people in 1890, the town reached 300 by 1914. As the forest played out and the sawmills moved on, Phelps declined to a single business. The 1950 population was estimated to be 100 and the post office closed in the mid-1960s.

TX Walker County 1907 Postal Map
Walker County 1907 postal map showing Phelps (E of Huntsville)
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Take a road trip

East Texas

Phelps, Texas Nearby Towns:
Huntsville the county seat

See Walker County

Book Hotel Here:
Huntsville Hotels | More Hotels

Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, landmarks and recent or vintage photos, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 


Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
Texas Counties
Texas Towns A-Z
Texas Ghost Towns

TEXAS REGIONS:
Central Texas North
Central Texas South
Texas Gulf Coast
Texas Panhandle
Texas Hill Country
East Texas
South Texas
West Texas

Courthouses
Jails
Churches
Schoolhouses
Bridges
Theaters
Depots
Rooms with a Past
Monuments
Statues

Gas Stations
Post Offices
Museums
Water Towers
Grain Elevators
Cotton Gins
Lodges
Stores
Banks

Vintage Photos
Historic Trees
Cemeteries
Old Neon
Ghost Signs
Signs
Murals
Gargoyles
Pitted Dates
Cornerstones
Then & Now

Columns: History/Opinion
Texas History
Small Town Sagas
Black History
WWII
Texas Centennial
Ghosts
People
Animals
Food
Music
Art

Books
Cotton
Texas Railroads

Texas Trips
Texas Drives
Texas State Parks
Texas Rivers
Texas Lakes
Texas Forts
Texas Trails
Texas Maps
USA
MEXICO
HOTELS

Site Map
About Us
Privacy Statement
Disclaimer
Contributors
Staff
Contact Us

 
Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved