Gladstell was on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway between Cleveland and the East Fork of the San Jacinto River in northwestern Liberty County. The community was named for Gladys and Estell Grogan, the daughters of George and Will Grogan, and was the site of the Grogan sawmill. The Gladstell post office opened in 1913. During the 1920s the mill town reported a population of some 500. The clearing of available timber and the consolidation of many of the smaller sawmills in East Texas probably led to Gladstell's decline. The community was not named on a 1976 topographical map of the area, though the map showed a few buildings at the site.
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