Klondike, also known as Pleasant Grove, Old Pleasant Grove, New Prospect, and Kate, is at the junction of Farm Roads 1528 and 2890, three miles southwest of Cooper in southwestern Delta County. The area was settled as early as 1852, when John Hunt donated the land for Pleasant Grove Cemetery. Beginning in the 1860s a Methodist congregation and school met in the same building at the site. In 1895 the Texas-Midland Railroad built a line through Pleasant Grove to Cooper, the county seat, making the settlement a stop on the railroad. In August 1897 there were seventy-five inhabitants in the community. Four of these organized the New Prospect Baptist Church and two months later changed its name to Klondike Baptist Church of Christ. The Methodists allowed the new Baptist fellowship to share the school building with them. That same year Joel Jefferson Hunt applied for a postal franchise with the name Klondike, in honor of the Canadian Klondike, site of the gold rush. In 1901 the Baptists built a new building, and by 1904 the community had a population of 151. The following year the Klondike school district had a school for forty-nine Black children and one teacher and a school for 134 White students and three teachers. In 1914 the town had a population of 400, three doctors, and businesses that included a telegraph office, a telephone exchange, a blacksmith shop, a hardware store, a drugstore, three general stores, and a dry goods store. J. J. Hunt served as president of First State Bank, which had a capital of $20,000. The most important enterprise was cotton shipment, and there were two large cotton gins.
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