Horton, also known as Horton Switch, is on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway eighty miles north of Beaumont in north central Jasper County. A railroad loading switch for logs cut in the vicinity was established there after the Gulf, Beaumont and Great Northern Railway built through northern Jasper County from 1901 to 1903. The switch was presumably named for F. D. Horton, conductor and general construction foreman for the railroad. The Horton siding, a variety of scattered buildings and gravel pits, and the Horton lookout tower, three miles to the south, marked the area in the mid-1980s.

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