Bois D'Arc, Texas

Bois d'Arc is a tiny hamlet in Anderson County, Texas at the crossroads of State Highway 19 and Farm to Market Road 860 about halfway between Athens, Texas and Palestine, Texas. When viewed in the late 1980s there was a Southern Baptist church, a couple of small stores, and one house. There was one Osage Orange (Bois d'Arc) tree in the backyard of the house. Montalba, Texas, which had a cafe, two churches, and a post office lies a few miles to the south on Highway 19. Bradford, Texas, another wide spot in the road, lies a bit to the north on Highway 19. Termed a ghost town by www.TexasEscapes.com, Bois d'Arc had a school until it was consolidated with Montalba in 1955. Population in 2000 was 10.

There are several houses in the community, approx. 22 in a 1 mile radius. The Baptist Church was established in 1914 and has a membership of over 300, with average attendance of 90-100. Mostly caucasian residents, with a few Hispanic families. The locals raise cattle, horses, and goats. The geography is rolling hills with many varieties of oak and gum and pine trees. There is only two known bois d'arc trees left in the community.

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