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PROVIDENCE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Anderson County, East Texas
FM 323 near Slocum
11 miles NW of Palestine
Population: unknown

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Church in Providence, Texas
The church in Providence
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, October 2005

History in a Pecan Shell

At least six towns in Texas were named Providence. This one began in early 1858, when W. T. Miller generously donated eight acres for a cemetery, school and church. In the 1870s the Masons built a two-story combination school and church building and held their meetings upstairs. A tornado in 1900 damaged the building, causing the lodge to relocate in nearby Elkhart. Wreckage from damaged buildings allowed the townspeople to build a one-story church.

The school sent students to other schools and discontinued their classes at Providence.

The church disbanded in the mid 1930s and a historical marker for the Providence Church and Cemetery was dedicated in the early 1970s.
Providence cemetery and church
Providence Cemetery. Notice church in the background.
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, October 2005
Providence, Texas
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