Nelta is on Farm Road 71 fourteen miles northeast of Sulphur Springs in northeastern Hopkins County. It was first settled by Howard Hargrave in 1843. A post office called Pleasant Hill was opened by Daniel Hudson in 1849 and closed in 1866. Another post office named Nelta was granted in 1884. By 1892 the community had a mill and cotton gin, a general store, a physician, a barber, and a population of twenty-five. A public school was in operation by 1905, when it had an enrollment of forty-six. In 1906 the post office was closed. During the mid-1930s Nelta had two churches, a cemetery, a store, and a number of scattered houses. The school was later transferred to Sulphur Bluff, but in the early 1960s Nelta still had two churches, a cemetery, and a store. In 1990 its estimated population was thirty-six. The population remained the same in 2000.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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