Elizabethtown, Texas

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Elizabethtown
Ghost town
Elizabethtown is located in Texas
Elizabethtown
Elizabethtown
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 33°01′18″N 97°16′36″W / 33.02167°N 97.27667°W / 33.02167; -97.27667Coordinates: 33°01′18″N 97°16′36″W / 33.02167°N 97.27667°W / 33.02167; -97.27667
Country United States
State Texas
County Denton
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 48121
GNIS feature ID 1378252

Elizabethtown, once known as Bugtown, is a ghost town located about fifteen miles southwest of Denton in Denton County, Texas, United States. The town derived its original name from the adjacent Elizabeth Creek.

History[edit]

The town site was located in the southwest corner of Shamblen Survey. Its first residents, members of the Peters Colony arrived c. 1850. Elizabethtown served a supply station in 1852, mostly for cowboys driving their herds to Kansas. The town founders, the Harmonsons, constructed a church, homes, a business, and a school. At its height the school had 25 students. In 1859 the town had six saloons, a hotel and a post office, a staple of all true towns. According to residents of nearby Justin, Texas, Elizabethtown was once known as Bugtown because one night bugs had swarmed in on a camp meeting and arrived in such great numbers that it caused the preaching to be stopped.

During the American Civil War the frontier in and west of Denton County remained undefended against Indian raids, many families moved east during this time period. Later, though, many did return. As the town grew it gained four general stores, another hotel and a livery stable, along with Baptist and Methodist churches, and a Masonic lodge that operated from 1873 to 1876.[1]

Prominent residents[edit]

  • George Harper: doctor and postmaster
  • M.H. Smith: blacksmith
  • Newton Chance: blacksmith
  • Amos Bullard: blacksmith
  • Sewell Brown: merchant
  • James Snyder: wagonmaker
  • Robert Wright: carpenter[1]

Decline[edit]

The last Denton County taxroll that Elizabethtown appears on is the 1880 roll. The Texas and Pacific Railway, which was built in 1881 from Fort Worth through Denton County, bypassed Elizabethtown by just two miles. Due to this many residents moved two miles to the east to the newly established town of Roanoke, along with their businesses, churches and the Masonic lodge. The only remains of the first town in southwest Denton County are in the form of the Elizabeth Cemetery, which is still in use today.[1]

Geography[edit]

The town is located by the Elizabeth Creek. The former town was located near Interstate 35 at State Highway 114.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Sellmeyer, Jeannine. "Elizabethtown, Tx". TSHA Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved January 6, 2013. 

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