Illinois Bend, Texas

21 Jun

According to, Illinois Bend is considered a ghost town.  There are people that do live there. I had never been to this town before until my husband took us for a little drive to see the windmill farm north of Muenster. 

How did Illinois Bend get its name?  From people from Illinois, of course.   At one time in the late 1800’s there were about 300 people here with a number of gristmills and cotton gins.  I met a man in Whitesboro who has some history of Illinois Bend but our time together was very limited. It is my hope that I can learn more from him and document that here.  The old Illinois Bend school is now the community center.  The photo below is of the church and tabernacle. 

You will find Illinois Bend in Montague County along Farm Road 677 just south of the Red River. 


Posted by on June 21, 2008 in Photography, Texas


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2 responses to “Illinois Bend, Texas

  1. joan

    June 22, 2008 at 10:57 am

    What a beautiful church.

  2. Tami

    October 25, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    My mom grew up in Illinois bend and in turn as a kid spent many summers with my Grandparents that live there! My grandmother passed away last November and we had her reception at the community center you speak about. Thank you for this picture and your picture taken at Capps Corner!!


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