Elberta is just east of State Highway 110 a mile southeast of Tyler in central Smith County. The site was known as Douglas, when it became a station on the International-Great Northern Railroad in 1872. It was renamed Elberta for the Elberta peaches grown in the area. In 1936 Elberta had a church, a cemetery, and a small cluster of farms. Maps for 1973 showed a sizable community with a church, water tanks, and a water-tank substation.
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