Site of Hitson Community

Site of Hitson Community (HM1SJY)

Location: Hamlin, TX 79520 Fisher County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 53.693', W 100° 12.75'

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Ranchers John and William Hittson were among the first to settle in this area in about 1870; the area around their homes became known as Hittson or Hitson. Fisher County was created in 1876, and settlement began to increase. A post office opened in 1885. A school began operation in 1888 and by 1896 Hitston had a general store operated by C.W. Morris as well as a Methodist church. The Hittson brothers were the major landowners in the area, but the community included a number of large farming families who cleared the fertile land and planted crops.
     Though the post office was moved to Swedonia in 1906, the community of Hitson continued to grow. Oil was discovered in the area after World War I, providing an additional means of income for the townspeople as well as the Hitson School for a time. In 1925 there were 32 families with 120 school-age children living in the area.
     By 1940 the town had a school, a church, three businesses and scattered dwellings. As was the case in many small towns across Texas and the U.S. during World War II, most of the town's young people enlisted in the armed forces or moved to cities to take part in the war effort. With their labor force thus depleted, Hitson farmers were unable to survive. Small family farms were sold to larger enterprises. Most of the new owners lived in nearby Hamlin or Rotan. Hitson School was consolidated with Hamlin schools in 1947; the white frame church building used by the Hitson Baptist Church was moved to Roby in 1959 and by the end of the 20th century all that remained of the community were a few homes and a cemetery.
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Marker Number11672
Year Placed2000
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Friday, June 10th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 386595 N 3640285
Decimal Degrees32.89488333, -100.21250000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 53.693', W 100° 12.75'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 53' 41.58" N, 100° 12' 45" W
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Area Code(s)325
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling West
Closest Postal AddressAt or near TX-92, Hamlin TX 79520, US
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