Elizabethtown, Texas

Elizabethtown, Texas

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Elizabethtown, Texas

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Elizabethtown, once known as Bugtown, is a ghost town located about fifteen miles southwest of Denton in Denton County, Texas, United States. The town derived its original name from the adjacent Elizabeth Creek.


The town site was located in the southwest corner of Shamblen Survey. Its first residents, members of the Peters Colony arrived circa 1850. Elizabethtown served a supply station in 1852, mostly for cowboys driving their herds to Kansas. The town founders, the Harmonsons, constructed a church, homes, a business, and a school. At its height the school had 25 students. In 1859 the town had six saloons, a hotel and a post office, a staple of all true towns. According to residents of nearby Justin, Texas, Elizabethtown was once known as Bugtown because one night bugs had swarmed in on a camp meeting and arrived in such great numbers that it caused the preaching to be stopped.

During the American Civil War the frontier in and west of Denton County remained undefended against Indian raids, many families moved east during this time period. Later, though, many did return. As the town grew it gained four general stores, another hotel and a livery stable, along with Baptist and Methodist churches, and a Masonic lodge that operated from 1873 to 1876.

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