Forest, Texas facts for kids
|Elevation||296 ft (90 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
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In 1847, Wiley Thompson (1799–1866), an Alabama farmer, brought his wife, eight children, and numerous slaves, and settled a 636-acre (257 ha) tract of land along Larrison Creek. This land became the community of Forest. By the mid 1870s, the Thompson family had opened the first businesses, consisting of a store, saloon, watermill, gristmill, and cotton gin. The first postmaster of Forest was appointed in 1879. The Forest Baptist Church was established in 1888. During the 1920s and 1930s the Forest area produced tomatoes, and two tomato packing sheds were built beside the St. Louis Southwestern Railway of Texas.
The post office was transferred to Wells in 1980. As of 2010, Forest is mostly a cattle community, and its only store is in and out of business.
Forest has two cemeteries, Arnold Cemetery and Thompson Cemetery.
Forest's population was reported as around 100 in the early twentieth century. In the 1950s, the population rose to its peak of 120. By 2000, it had dropped to 85.
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