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Klondike, Delta County, Texas

Klondike is an unincorporated community in Delta County, Texas, United States. It lies in the southwest corner of the county at the junction of Farm to Market Roads 1528 and 2890, three miles southwest of Cooper. As of the 2000 Census, the population was estimated at approximately 135.

History

Klondike's documented history began in 1852, when local landowner John Hunt donated parcel of land for a cemetery for the community, which was then known as Pleasant Grove. By the early 1860's a school had begun serving the area's pupils, sharing a building with a small Methodist congregation.

Pleasant Grove enetered a period of mild prosperity in 1895, when the Texas-Midland Railroad spur to Cooper was completed through the community, and by 1897 the population had risen to 75, and prominent citizen and landowner Joel Jefferson Hunt applied for a postal franchise under the name Klondike, in honor of the Canadian Klondike, site of the gold rush. In 1901 the Klondike Baptist Church of Christ, which had been sharing a building with the Methodist congregation, built their own building, and three years later Klondike's population exceeded 150 and by 1905 the community's two segregated schools had a combined enrollment of 183 students. Bolstered by the cotton shipping and processing industry, by 1914 Klondike was home to 3 doctors, several commercial businesses (including a bank), a telegraph station, two large cotton gins and a population of 400.

The boll weevil blight of the 1920's brought a great degree of adversity to Klondike, however, and the onset of the Great Depression essentially ended the community's prosperity, and by 1933 the population had fallen to 154. When the school building was destroyed by fire in 1945, Klondike schools were consolidated with Shiloh schools to form the West Delta Independent School District, but by 1970 Klondike's school children were attending classes in Cooper. Despite the adversity, the population has remained fairly consistent since the 1960's and as of the 2000 census, there were an estimated 135 residents still living in Klondike.[1]

References

  1. ^ TSHA Online - Texas State Historical Association
v • d • eMunicipalities and communities of
Delta County, TexasCounty seat: CooperCities

Cooper | Pecan Gap

Communities

Enloe | Klondike | Lake Creek

Footnotes

‡This city also has portions in adjacent county or counties

Categories: Unincorporated communities in Texas | Delta County, Texas | Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex

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