James, on Farm Road 229 six miles northwest of Crockett in western Houston County, was established in the early 1880s. A post office opened there in 1881, and by 1885 the settlement had steam grist and shingle mills, a general store, a cotton gin, a church, a district school, and an estimated population of 100. The post office closed in 1886, but in the mid-1930s the community still had a church, a school, and five businesses. After World War II many of the residents moved away, and by the mid-1960s only a cemetery and a few widely scattered houses remained in the area.

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Christopher Long | © TSHA

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Place type

James is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Hancock)

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