Mabank Historical

Mabank Historical (HM1TF6)

Location: Mabank, TX 75147 Kaufman County
Country: United States of America

N 32° 22.15', W 96° 6.796'

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Originally part of the George T. Walters Survey, this acreage in the 1840s and '50s belonged to many absentee landowners including Sam Houston. In 1887 John R. Jones, a merchant from nearby Goshen, and his wife Joella platted and developed a town called "Lawn City" (1 mi. NE). Soon a post office was established and the name changed to "Lawndale". When the Texas & New Orleans Railroad bypassed Lawndale in 1900 on its route from Kemp to Athens, it ran through the northern part of the Mason-Eubank Ranch. The owners, Thomas H. Eubank (1859-1952) and rancher-banker G.W. ("Dodge") Mason (1858-1917), set aside one square mile of their holdings for a town. The name "Mabank" was formed by combining the names of the two landowners.

Lawndale families and merchants began moving to Mabank. The town grew rapidly, boasting a park, depot, and stock loading pens. There was a gin, post office, cafe, hotel, and several mercantile businesses. Later, church lots were set aside for Baptist, Methodist and Presbyterian congregations. The Baptist church erected a building for a community house and school.

The economy of the area depended first on farming and later on ranching. The 1966 development of Cedar Creek Lake strengthened the community.
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HM NumberHM1TF6
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Year Placed1979
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8533.)
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 771618 N 3585021
Decimal Degrees32.36916667, -96.11326667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 32° 22.15', W 96° 6.796'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds32° 22' 9" N, 96° 6' 47.76" W
Driving DirectionsGoogle Maps
Area Code(s)903, 430
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 620 US-175 BUS, Mabank TX 75147, US
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