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In the 1800's, there was a settlement not far from present-day Van Alstyne called Mantua. In the Van Alstyne Library, there is a book on the history of Van Alstyne, and it talks about Mantua. Although Mantua did exist, it's location is still in dispute. When the now town of Van Alstyne was incorporated, the settelers in Mantua moved to Van Alstyne due to the economic progress of the railroad at that time. Mantua slowly ceased to exist.

My brother in law is really into Texas history, and he directed me to this site. It's location seems to acknowledge the possible location of Mantua. Is is VERY close to the Van Alstyne exit on US 75. This area is located on the service road on the Southbound side of US 75, on county road 372. This is a beat up gravel road, and you will see the area pictured here on your right. There are a few abandoned buildings, and a creek running through the area.

So the question remains...could this be the lost town of Mantua?

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  • Written Feb 12, 2005
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