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SABINETOWN, TEXAS
AKA Sabine Town

Texas Ghost Town
Sabine County, East Texas
8 Miles E of Hemphill on the Sabine River
Population: 0

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Sabinetown Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Another once-prosperous town that depended on river commerce, Sabinetown was located where Gaucho Creek joined the Sabine River. The townsite, which had been surveyed in 1839 was built on land donated by Shadrach Morris.

It soon became a shipping point for cotton and in addition to primary businesses, Sabinetown had a customs house, warehouses, a hotel, a clock factory (!) and a trading post for commerce with the Cherokee Indians.

During the Civil War, Sabinetown was fortified for the inevitable invasion by the Union Navy, an action that was thwarted by Dick Dowling and his handful of volunteers at Sabine Pass.

The town declined with the fall of the Confederacy and the advances of the railroads into East Texas slowed barge traffic considerably. It is said the last paddle-wheeled steamship to leave Sabinetown was in the year 1897. Sabinetown’s post office opened and closed periodically, closing its doors for good during the Great Depression.

When Toledo Bend Reservoir was built in the 1960s, nearly all of old Sabinetown was submerged. Newer communities are found around the older site, but only the 1936 Centennial marker stands to serve as a memorial for the historic community.

Sabine Town Cemetery

Historical Marker:
"S. H. Morris sold 200 acres of his land grant in the 1830s for the establishment of the town of Sabine. Businesses included a post office, customs house, wagon factory, brick kiln and a tanning yard. The Sabine Town Cemetery contains 18 known graves; Mary Jane Scott's is the earliest recorded burial in 1842. The graveyard was in use until 1907; Harry C. Maunds is the last recorded burial. In 1970 the James Frederick Gomer Chapter of the Daughters of the Republic of Texas in Hemphill took over maintenance of the site.

1997"
Sabinetown Texas marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
Sabinetown Texas centennial marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
Sabinetown Texas marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010
More Texas Centennial
Texas Sabine County 1907 postal map
1907 Sabine County Postal Map showing Sabinetown
(E of Hemphill. Above "E" in "S-A-B-I-N-E")

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Sabinetown, Texas
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