MARTIN COUNTY, TEXAS
Martin County, TEXAS
Cottonwood, on State Highway 137 ten miles north of
Stanton in central Martin County, was named for the cottonwood trees set out by Jim
Shriver, the town blacksmith. Its inhabitants considered themselves part of the Lenorah
community, a few miles west. Cottonwood centered around Shriver's blacksmith shop, which
was later bought by M. L. Koonce and converted into a community store. The community was
principally known as the site of dances and boxing matches held on a concrete slab near
the store. After reaching its peak in the 1930s, Cottonwood declined and ceased to exist
by the 1950s.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Martin County Historical Commission, Martin County, Texas
(Dallas: Taylor, 1979).