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BAXTER, TEXAS

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Henderson County, East Texas

32 10' 7" N, 95 44' 57" W (32.168611, -95.749167)

FM 804 and U.S. Highway 175
5 miles SE of Athens the county seat
Population: 20 Est (2000)

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Former school, Baxter, Texas
The former Baxter school, now the Baxter Community Center
Photo Courtesy Erik Whetstone, 7-04

History in a Pecan Shell

Settled prior to the Civil War, Baxter later (1900) became a stop on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. A post office was open briefly (1901-1912) and the town gave every indication it would thrive.

But like many towns it was cursed by its proximity to a county seat. By the end of WWII, only two businesses were in operation and the population was a mere 56. The former Baxter school became a community center and the population from 1950 to 2000 was a mere 20 persons.

Baxter Texas - Baxter School house
The door of the old schoo house (1907-1943)
now a community center

Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, February 2017


Baxter Texas - Baxter School
"Baxter Common School District"
Click on image to enlarge
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, February 2017
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Baxter TX - Abandoned house
Abandoned house
Photo courtesy Dustin Martin, February 2017


Baxter, Texas
Former Baxter residence
Photo Courtesy Erik Whetstone, 7-04

Baxter, Texas Road Trip Destinations

  • Hwy 19 : North to Canton, or South to Palestine.
  • Hwy 31 : East to Tyler, or West to Corsicana via Malakoff, Trinidad and Kerens.

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  • Sunday drives in and around Athens:

    Athens: Where the hamburger was invented -
    (From Bob Bowman's East Texas Sunday Drives)
    Athens, New York, Texas Cheesecakes, LaRue, Brownsboro, Edom, Purtis Creek State Park, Eustace, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Caney City, Malakoff and Cross Roads.

    Henderson County TX 1920s Map
    Henderson County 1920s Map showing Baxter East of Athens
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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