ELTON, TEXAS. Elton is on State Highway 70 some five miles north of Dickens in north central Dickens County. Among its early settlers was L. W. Stark, who came to the area in 1895. Large ranches dominated much of the surrounding land. A post office was granted to the community in 1925, with Lula Yantis as postmistress; the office was named for Elton Purcell, a local schoolteacher. In 1948 the community reported a store, a post office, and a population of fifty. Its post office lasted until 1954, when service was moved to Afton. The 1983 county highway map still indicated Elton, though it showed no businesses at the site. In 2000 the population was one.
Arthur Hecht, comp., Postal History in the Texas Panhandle (Canyon, Texas: Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, 1960). Fred I. Massengill, Texas Towns: Origin of Name and Location of Each of the 2,148 Post Offices in Texas (Terrell, Texas, 1936).
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Charles G. Davis, "ELTON, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hre24), accessed May 23, 2013. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.