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    JAVA, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Cherokee County, East Texas
    11 miles West of Rusk
    East of Palestine

    Population: 0

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    The settlement is said to have been named for a petticoat lost (and evidently found) at a local dance. The garment had been recycled from an old coffee sack and had retained the stenciled name: Java

    The area was first settled in the late 1840s and early 1850s by settlers from Alabama and Tennessee, but as a community, Java didít expand until the 1890s, when prison crews from the Texas State Penitentiary in Rusk came to mine coal to fuel the state-owned iron furnace. A small trading post consisting of a general store and sawmill grew up at the site, and a post office was opened there in 1895.

    In 1906, after the Texas State Railroad was constructed from Rusk
    to Palestine, the Java post office was closed. Within a short time most of the merchants and residents had moved to the newly founded town of Maydelle, on the railroad.

    Java celebrated itís centennial as a ghost town in 2010.

    Cherokee County Texas 1907 Postal Map

    Cherokee County, Texas 1907 Postal Map showing Java
    (Below "H" in "CHEROKEE")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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