James, TX (Upshur County)

By: Christopher Long

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: February 1, 1995

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James, on Farm Road 3245 twelve miles southeast of Gilmer in southeastern Upshur County, grew up just after 1900 near the junction of two railroads: the Marshall and East Texas and the St. Louis and Southwestern. The community was originally named Jamestown, for W. P. James, a prominent local citizen; in 1915 its name was shortened to James. A post office opened there in 1914. Around the eve of World War I James had several stores, a cotton gin, and a depot. The community continued to grow during the 1920s and by 1929 reported a population of 150. In the mid-1930s James had two churches, several stores, a number of houses, and fifty residents. Its population peaked at 200 in 1952, but many of its residents moved away, and by the mid-1960s all that remained of the community was a cemetery and a few scattered houses. In 1990 James was a dispersed rural community.

Doyal T. Loyd, History of Upshur County (Waco: Texian Press, 1987).


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

Christopher Long, “James, TX (Upshur County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 17, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/james-tx-upshur-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

February 1, 1995