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Justiceburg, Texas

Justiceburg is an unincorporated community in Garza County, Texas, United States. It is located along the Double Mountain Fork Brazos River, 15 miles southeast of the county seat, Post.

Justiceburg, Texas
Justiceburg is located in Texas
Justiceburg
Justiceburg
Location within the state of Texas
Justiceburg is located in the United States
Justiceburg
Justiceburg
Justiceburg (the United States)
Coordinates: 33°2′31″N 101°12′11″W / 33.04194°N 101.20306°W / 33.04194; -101.20306Coordinates: 33°2′31″N 101°12′11″W / 33.04194°N 101.20306°W / 33.04194; -101.20306
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyGarza
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)

GeographyEdit

Justiceburg is located at 33°02′29″N 101°12′12″W / 33.04139°N 101.20333°W / 33.04139; -101.20333 (33.042072, -101.202992),[1] in southeastern Garza County. It is approximately 55 miles to the southeast of central Lubbock and 110 miles northwest of Abilene.

HistoryEdit

Justiceburg is located around the site of a town originally known as LeForrest (variously spelled Le Forest[2]) and had a post office of that name from 1902 until 1905.[3]

In 1910, a rancher named Jefferson Davis Justice then bought the land, and granted the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad right of way.[2][4] LeForrest became Justiceburg in honor of this development; the railroad was then completed in 1911.[3]

Justiceburg has remained a small village throughout its history, with the population fluctuating between 25 and 76;[2] in the 1980s, many of these residents were reportedly descendants of Jefferson Davis Justice. At one time, many thought the town of Justiceburg would become a regional hub for commerce. While this never materialized, some still maintain this vision that someday Justiceburg will become the next boomtown, including local folk-hero meteorologist John Robison from Lubbock TV station KCBD. [5]

The town once had a functioning schoolhouse and railroad depot; these have since been abandoned, as have several homes.[3] The area of town to the east of U.S. Route 84 contains the town's church; the area to the west has most of the buildings, inhabited or otherwise.

Justiceburg has been featured in the book "More Ghost Towns of Texas" by T. Lindsay Baker. The dereliction of many of the buildings gives Justiceburg a ghost town feel, despite the fact that some still live there.

Former Major League Baseball player Norm Cash was born in Justiceburg.

DemographicsEdit

The population of the ZIP code area (79330) around Justiceburg in the 2000 census was 60.[6]

EconomyEdit

As of 1997, there was one retail operation and no manufacturing concerns in the area bound by the local zip code.[7]

The railroad, now part of the BNSF network, still runs through Justiceburg.

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Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  2. ^ a b c Handbook of Texas Online: Justiceburg, Texas (retrieved 16 August 2006)
  3. ^ a b c TexasEscapes: Justiceburg, Garza County (retrieved 16 August 2006)
  4. ^ Santa Fe Railway Historical & Modeling Society: Slaton, Sweetwater (retrieved 16 August 2006)
  5. ^ John Robison-Justiceburg(retrieved 23 October 2008)
  6. ^ US Census - 2000 (retrieved 16 August 2006)
  7. ^ US Census Bureau: 1997 Economic Census (retrieved 16 August 2006)