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CALLAHAN CITY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Callahan County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas
FM 2228
3 miles S of Interstate 20
4 miles SW of Baird
Population: 0

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Callahan City Cemetery tombstones and confederate flags, Texas
Callahan City Cemetery
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols & Jordan Gibson, 2009
History in a (Burkett) Pecan Shell

The county was established in 1858 but hardly anyone was interested in settling this region for the first twenty years. Founded in 1876, Callahan City was originally a waterhole on the Western Cattle Trail to Dodge City. As Yogi Berra might have said: Its future was ahead of it.

Stores appeared to supply traildrivers, and with the arrival of settlers, they started stocking items for permanent residents.

The first Callahan County Commissioners Court was held here in July of 1877, but despite having the advantage of its name it lost county seat status to Belle Plain in December that same year.

Belle Plain hardly had time to gloat they lost their county seat status to Baird a short time later when the Texas and Pacific Railroad came through, bypassing both towns.

A cemetery (shown on county maps) is now all that remains of Callahan City.
Callahan City Cemetery  with markers, Texas
Callahan City Cemetery
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols & Jordan Gibson, 2009
Callahan City Cemetery Historical Marker Texas
Callahan City Cemetery Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols & Jordan Gibson, 2009
Site of Callahan City, Texas  Marker
"Site of Callahan City" Marker
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols & Jordan Gibson, 2009
Callahan City Cemetery  with flag Texas
Callahan City Cemetery Gate
Photo courtesy Lexie Nichols & Jordan Gibson, 2009
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Photographers' Note:
The cemetery of Callahan City looked semi-maintained. Grass was pretty high and the flags were faded, but it still seemed like it received regular visitors. - Lexie Nichols and Jordan Gibson, February, 2009

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