is probably one of the best school building in the county in 1908.
It was made of pine. It burned down after only a few years. The next
building was a masonary structure that was added onto in the late
thirties. That building still stands today. I finished in 1951 and
the school closed in 1990. In the late 1880's and 1890's there were
over 150 schools in Eastland County. There are just five left today."
- Webb Jordan, December 11, 2007
in a Pecan Shell
In 1881 a man named Hayes (or Haynes) opened a store and became the
town's first postmaster when the PO opened the following year.
Once considered one of Eastland
's "six principal towns;" it ran for county seat in 1887 but came
in third. By 1904 Carbon had a population of 600. Between 1924 and
1942 Eastland County had nine independent school districts - Carbon
being one. The population was 281 in 1980, 255 in 1990 and 224 in
The former high school has been bought by a religious institution.
Carbon Vintage Photos
think it was used up until the 1940's. It had no restroom, no lights,
no heater, no kitchen, no exercise area, and no seats. Just concrete
walls and a steel door." - Webb Jordan
Texas Vintage Photos
Webb Jordan of Eastland, Texas
there are no bunnies inside. Just some older men that played domino's.
Might be a cottontail on the outside. I think this building was used
regularly through the 80's. It has since been torn down. It was a
mighty popular place at the time." - Webb Jordan, December 14,
Cafe in Carbon (Note volume of empty soda bottles, right.
think this was the best place in the county to buy a hamburger in
the 1950's. John Phillips began his Cafe in 1938. They hid the punch
cards* when the police came around. John served in the Navy from 1943
to 1945. His wife Shorty ran the Cafe during those years."
* Punch cards were a cheap form of gambling where people would buy
3 chances for a quarter and "punch" a small paper roll from
a thick paper card. Unrolling the paper revealed the pay out (if there
was one). - Editor
Cafe Interior - A staff-to-customer ratio of 3 to 1
Carbon Trading Company. It fell down in the mid 1990's. This was the
biggest store in Carbon during its heyday." - Webb Jordan
Carbon Trading Company interior with merchandise
Carbon Trading Company interior without merchandise
Mineral Water Bath House in Carbon - note windmill far right behind
middle man on wagon
Boles Drug and Dry Goods Store
More Texas Stores
Puett and Son Store and the Post Office - Webb Jordan Collection
of previous photo - Webb Jordan Collection
Boston Hotel. "It was just a few blocks from the train station."
- Webb Jordan
with a Past
Railroad building and post war Quonset hut in Carbon
1950s photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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