Fannin County TXGenWeb

See what the Handbook of Texas Online
has to say about   Elwood
Great Article about the 
Town of Elwood
Elwood Families
Long letter detailing
Elwood History  & Life Through the eyes of
Cullen Richards
Cullen Richards detailed map of old Elwood
Another Hand drawn map
of Old Elwood 
 See also the Elwood list in the 1890 Texas State
Directory on the Fannin Homepage
Elwood is located 18 miles northeast of Bonham & northwest of Telephone very close to the Red River. In the 1890's, Elwood was a prosperous little burg, but by 1964 only one shop remained open
for business. Elwood's first settler was Charles Douglas McRay. He traveled from Georgia to Arkansas
& finally onto Elwood in Fannin County, Texaswhere he opened the first grocery store.
Elwood Historical Marker
Location -from Elwood take FM 2554 west 4.5 miles
(1 mile east of landing)

Established April 1836 by five pioneers moving to Texas on the "Rover,"one of few steamboats to pass around snags and bends of Red River to this area. The colonists --from four states of the "Old South" -- were Richard Locke, Dr. Daniel Rowlett, Daniel Slack, Edward and John Stephens. They were soon joined by Jabez Fitzgerald and Mark Roberts and families, who traveled overland. Leader of settlers was Rowlett, planter  and lawyer as well as doctor,instrumental in creation of Fannin County, 1837; he served Republic of Texas in army and in 2nd, 4th and 8th Congresses.

Fishing & Hunting on the Red River

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