Claytonville, TX (Swisher County)

By: H. Allen Anderson

Type: General Entry

Published: December 1, 1994

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Claytonville is on Farm Road 145 ten miles east of Kress in southeastern Swisher County. In the early 1950s M. C. Clayton, a cotton grower, moved his ginning business to the area from Bailey in Fannin County. He then built a grocery and cafe for his employees. Soon the Clayton Gin became a favorite gathering place for area farmers, and for several years the company hosted a community barbecue just before harvest. The gin was one of the first to compost gin waste and return it to the fields. In 1962 a Baptist church was established at Claytonville. In 1984 Claytonville reported a population of 116 and six businesses. The population was still 116 in 1990 and 2000.

Swisher County Historical Commission, Windmilling: 101 Years of Swisher County History (Dallas: Taylor, 1978).


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H. Allen Anderson, “Claytonville, TX (Swisher County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 20, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994