Hamshire, Texas

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Hamshire, Texas
Unincorporated community
Hamshire, Texas is located in Texas
Hamshire, Texas
Hamshire, Texas
Coordinates: 29°51′42″N 94°18′45″W / 29.86167°N 94.31250°W / 29.86167; -94.31250Coordinates: 29°51′42″N 94°18′45″W / 29.86167°N 94.31250°W / 29.86167; -94.31250
Country United States
State Texas
County Jefferson
Elevation 20 ft (6 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
Area code(s) 409
GNIS feature ID 1337290[1]

Hamshire is an unincorporated community in western Jefferson County, Texas, United States.[1] It is part of the BeaumontPort Arthur Metropolitan Statistical Area and located on State Highway 124 twenty miles southwest of Beaumont. It was probably named for Lovan Hamshire, who developed the land as early as the 1870s. Hamshire was on the Gulf and Interstate Railway with a post office being established there in 1897. A townsite plat was filed in 1911 by Theodore F. Koch. Another major land dealer, Herbert Roedenbeck, subdivided additional land south of the railroad later that year, giving the subdivision the name Hamshire Gardens. Although there was interest shown by local rice farmers, Hamshire had only fifty inhabitants in 1928. The Fannett (1927) and Stowell (1941) oil fields discovery initiated new development in western Jefferson County.[2] By 1940, the population in Hamshire had grown to 200. Natural gas production at the Hamshire field also continued to be of major importance to the community's economy through the 1980s. By 1985 the community had an estimated 350 residents and twenty-two businesses. In 1990 the population remained an estimated 350.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Hamshire, Texas". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Wooster, Robert (June 15, 2010). "HAMSHIRE, TX,". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved July 3, 2014. 

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