Lakeview, Texas

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Lakeview is a town in Hall County, Texas, United States. The population was 152 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 140.[3]



Lakeview is located at 34°40′22″N 100°41′51″W / 34.67278°N 100.6975°W / 34.67278; -100.6975 (34.672880, -100.697637).[4] It is situated along State Highway 256 in north central Hall County, approximately 9 miles southwest of Memphis and 26 miles southeast of Clarendon.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.5 km²), all of it land.


Lakeview's beginnings are unique as it has occupied two different sites in Hall County. The first site was located near the geographic center of the county on a section of the Southern Pacific Railroad survey in May 1890.[6] A post office and several businesses sprang up at the site. After a failed attempt to become the county seat, most of the homes were sold to farmers and the land reverted back to the family of S.L. Lindley. The post office was eventually relocated to the homestead of David H. Davenport, who operated a general store in 1902. Three years later, Davenport purchased land north of his farm that had a supply of soft water, making it a suitable site to develop a community.[5] On June 11, 1908, he moved his store and post office and platted the second Lakeview site at its present-day location. Prospects for a new railroad grew in 1910, when the Altus, Roswell, and El Paso Company constructed a roadbed through Lakeview, but prevailing conditions forced them to abandon the project. Despite this and two disastrous fires in 1918 and 1919, the community survived. Lakeview was incorporated in 1921.[6] By the late 1920s, the town had several stores and a population exceeding 1,000. A third fire in 1930 destroyed the business district and the impact of the Great Depression contributed to Lakeview's decline. A short-lived boom in the late 1940s occurred, but it wasn't enough to revive the town. The First State Bank of Lakeview, in operation since 1908, merged with the First National Bank of Memphis in 1953. By 1980, the population had fallen to 244. That figure declined to 202 in 1990 and 152 in 2000.

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