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Jester Switch Texas

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I first heard about Jester Switch from Bryant Alford, a cousin of sorts, who was a retired railroadman, back in the 1980s. And yes, his house and yard was filled with authentic railroad memorabilia.

The community, originally called Switch, was eleven miles southwest of Corsicana in west central Navarro County. It was established as a stop on the St. Louis and Southwestern Railway just after the railroad built through the area in the 1880s. With the Railroad, came the postoffice, and the town was renamed Jester in honor of George Taylor Jester, Lt Gov. and Navarro County Pioneer.

A school was in operation there by 1900, and in 1906 it had an enrollment of forty-seven. The Jester post office closed in 1909, reopened in 1923, and closed again sometime after 1930.

In the mid-1930s Jester reported a population of ten and had a store, a church, and a few houses. After World War II its store and church closed, and its school was consolidated with that of Purdon. By the mid-1960s Jester was no longer shown on highway maps of the area. In 1990 only a few scattered houses remained there.





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