Timpson opened its post office that year and by 1890 the town had 1,200 people with two sawmills, a canning factory and a weekly newspaper.
By 1925 Timpson had become a lignite shipping point. The town population swelled during the 1920s to an estimated population of 2,500, but the boom was short lived due to the onset of the Great Depression. The town declined over the years, reaching 1,050 in 1968 - a figure that it has since become somewhat stable.
(history from TexasEscapes.com)
Timpson is about forty minutes northeast of Nacogdoches. There is an old downtown square about a block off of the town as it is today, and the main highway (59) that runs through it, where time seems to be standing still. Most, if not all, of the buildings appear to be abandoned. One gets the sense of being either in a ghost town, or on the back lot of a movie studio set. Many of the buildings appear be from the 1940s (or earlier) and were probably built just as the railroad stopped coming through, and U.S. Route 59 was constructed. I guess if you build a town, there's no guarantee they will come (sort of like this blog).