Post Office Est.: 1891
Post Office Closed: 1895
High Population: Unknown
Low Population: 15
Train Depot Est.:
Train Depot Closed:
Afton is on Farm Road 193 seventy miles east of Lubbock in north central Dickens County. Before 1891 a hunter named Patton camped near springs in the area that became known as Patton Springs. Soon after, a settlement developed south of the springs. The community's first post office, which opened in 1891, was named Beckton after the first postmaster, Francis E. Beck. In 1895 it closed, but by 1900 a new post office had opened. Although the town had by this time become known as Cottonwood, the postal authorities rejected this name since another Texas town was already using it. At this time Myra Kelly, applying the sentiments of the song "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton" to a local stream, named the settlement Afton.
Read more about Afton at the Handbook of Texas Online (Texas State Historical Association)
Dickens County Historical Markers
The only cemetery to serve the town of Dickens. This graveyard began ....
Formed from Young and Bexar territories. Created August 21, 1876. Org....
Private Gregg, William Max, W. H. Kilpatrick and other soldiers who me....
Where Was Afton, Texas ?
Loaction: 70 Miles E of Lubbock on FM 193
Closest Town: Roaring Springs
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