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CALHOUN, TX (DALLAS COUNTY)

CALHOUN, TEXAS (Dallas County). Calhoun, also known as Fisher, was at the intersection of Fisher Road and the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, six miles northeast of downtown Dallas in northeastern Dallas County. Northwest Highway is to the north, Mockingbird Road is to the south, and White Rock Lake is one mile to the east. The community was on the original land grants of D. A. Murdock to the northeast and D. Murray to the southwest. The area was first settled in 1844 when Tom Fisher built a home in the area, reportedly one of the first houses in Dallas County. Fisher was a rural agricultural community characterized by a number of small farms and was almost certainly named after this early pioneer.

Sometime in the late 1800s Fisher became known as Calhoun. The change of name may have occurred simultaneously with the construction of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad through the community in 1886. However, it is most likely that Calhoun was the name of the post office, which was established in Fisher in 1888 and remained until 1906. In 1890 the community was still called Fisher and had two general stores and a population of twenty-five. By 1900 the settlement was called Calhoun and had a population of fifty, a drugstore, a general store, a banker, and a Baptist church. John Body served as postmaster. By the 1930s the site of the community was in the Dallas city limits.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Ed Ellsworth Bartholomew, The Encyclopedia of Texas Ghost Towns (Fort Davis, Texas, 1982). David S. Switzer, It's Our Dallas County (Dallas: Switzer, 1954).

Matthew Hayes Nall

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Matthew Hayes Nall, "CALHOUN, TX (DALLAS COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvclr), accessed September 18, 2014. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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