Ghost Town Wednesday: Proffitt, Texas

GhostTownWednesdayThis ghost town in Young County, Texas was named after a part-time Methodist minister and storekeeper from Tennessee, Robert S. Proffitt,  who migrated to Hood County, Texas in 1852 and then moved to Young County in the early 1860’s.  Robert and his sons were cattle ranchers and settled in area along the Brazos River and Elm Creek near Fort Belknap.

ProffittMapIn 1862 the town was founded and Robert’s son John later donated land for a cemetery, a Methodist Episcopal church, a school and a Masonic Lodge following the Civil War.  The area was perfect for cattle raising, but was plagued with Indian depredations.  Before the Civil War ended, a horrible event occurred on Elm Creek on October 31, 1864.  It came to be known as the Elm Creek Raid.

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