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In 1910, a rancher named Jefferson Davis Justice then bought the land, and granted the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad right of way. LeForrest became Justiceburg in honor of this development; the railroad was then completed in 1911.
Justiceburg has remained a small village throughout its history, with the population fluctuating between 25 and 76; in the 1980s, many of these residents were reportedly descendants of Jefferson Davis Justice.
The town once had a functioning schoolhouse and railroad depot; these have since been abandoned, as have several homes. The area of town to the east of U.S. Route 84 contains the town's church; the area to the west has most of the buildings, inhabited or otherwise.
Justiceburg has been featured in the book "More Ghost Towns of Texas" by T. Lindsay Baker. The dereliction of many of the buildings gives Justiceburg a ghost town feel, despite the fact that some still live there.
As of 1997, there was one retail operation and no manufacturing concerns in the area bound by the local zip code.
The railroad, now part of the BNSF network, still runs through Justiceburg.
Notes and references
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- Handbook of Texas Online: Justiceburg, Texas (retrieved 16 August 2006)
- TexasEscapes: Justiceburg, Garza County (retrieved 16 August 2006)
- Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society: Slaton, Sweetwater (retrieved 16 August 2006)
- US Census - 2000 (retrieved 16 August 2006)
- US Census Bureau: 1997 Economic Census (retrieved 16 August 2006)