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DEMOCRAT, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Mills County, Texas Hill Country
14 miles north of Goldthwaite on SH 16, then 10 miles west on FM 218
Not shown on maps
Population: 0

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Democrat Community Texas church
Photo courtesy William Holmes
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Democrat Cemetery and Church

Photographer's Note:
"I came to the intersection of 573 and 218. About 300 yards to the east on 218 I saw the Democrat cemetery and about the same distance to the west I saw the Democrat Church.

I stopped at the Democrat Cemetery first. Most of the graves are late 1800s and early 1900s, including a couple of Civil War soldiers. One fellow, G.B. Baskin, born in May, 1846 and died in January 1932, rode with Martinís Escort. Mr. Baskin managed to live through the Civil War, the Great War, the Flu Epidemic of 1918 and see the Great Depression. Anyone who thinks that our time is especially dark and dangerous should walk through a cemetery and note the people who lived through a war where 5,000 casualties in one day was a fact of life and 10,000 in one day was not unusual. Besides the adults, there were quite a few infants and young children buried here. Back then there were many infirmities and few doctors.

Directly across the road from the Democrat cemetery is the Dudley Cemetery, begun in 1914. It is a very small plot, fenced off, and judging by the names on the few graves, it is meant just for the Dudley family and their kin.

I drove west on 218 and came to a white wood frame country church, with a sign out front reading DEMOCRAT COMMUNITY. The door was locked but I peeked through the window. The pews have been removed and replaced by four round, white tables, suitable for playing cards or having covered-dish suppers. Up front where the cross would normally be found, hangs a Christmas wreath. And out back is the menís outhouse, a two seater, dilapidated but perhaps still useable in a pinch." - William Holmes, September 18, 2004
Democrat Texas church
Photo courtesy William Holmes
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Democrat Cemetery Historical Marker

Marker Title: Democrat Cemetery
City: Goldthwaite vicinity
County: Mills
Year Marker Erected: 2000
Marker Location: 14 miles north of Goldthwaite on SH 16, then 10 miles west on FM 218
Marker Text: Although settlement of this area dates to 1878, this graveyard was not established until the turn of the 20th century. The earliest documented grave is that of one-year-old Lee Ella Deen, daughter of W. F. and M. L. Deen, who died in November 1904. In February 1905, J. L. Chancellor deeded the surrounding three acres of land to the citizens of the Democrat and Rock Springs communities for use as a public burial ground. Among the early graves in the cemetery are those of a number of infants and children, victims of the influenza epidemic that raged worldwide in the early 20th century, and veterans of the Civil War, World War I and World War II. A reflection of area history, the cemetery remained in use at the turn of the 21st century. (2000)

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915-648-3619

Democrat Cemetery Texas
Photo courtesy William Holmes
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Dudley Cemetery Texas
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Mills County Texas 1907 Postal map
Mills County 1907 Postal map showing Democrat
(on Mills and Comanche County Line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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