Lamkin, on State Highway 36 twenty-four miles southeast of Comanche in southeastern Comanche County, was named for George Lamkin, who donated the land for the town. By 1884 Lamkin had a post office, and by 1890 its population of twenty-five was also served by a general store. The settlement was first located on the Leon River until a flood in 1908. It was then moved one-half mile north to its present site. Around 1913 Lamkin was served by the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, and by 1914 it had three general stores, a drugstore, a blacksmith shop, and a cotton gin. A fire in 1922 destroyed most of the businesses in Lamkin, and the town never really recovered. It had a population of 300 in 1929 but declined steadily until stabilizing at eighty-eight from the 1970s through 2000.

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Adopted by: James and Laura (Clayton) Mosier
Adoption Message: This is in honor of my paternal grandparents: John Washington Clayton (Alabama) and Henrietta Diadem Owens Clayton (Alabama) in 1868 as pioneers to the area (Lamkin) lived and produced a large family, and died there... they and several Clayton family members (Neel) are buried at Tolliver Cemetary, including my father, W.F. Clayton Jr. They were charter members of the Primitive Baptist Church in Lamkin--which exists today as a functioning --albeit, very small-Church...Pioneers who brought to Texas: life, hope, and dedication to a new state...kin to so many Texian heroes who fought for Texas Independence at the Alamo and San Jacinto--whose parents, grandparents and uncles fought in the Revolutionary War. I am so proud of this family.
Until: April 8th, 2025

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Lamkin is classified as a Town

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  • [-sville]


Latitude: 31.82320630
Longitude: -98.26420550

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