Note (August 11, 2014): Thank you for all comments about Pin Hook. When I posted these photos a few years ago, I had no idea how loyal and lively the good folks of Pin Hook are. Your comments are not only kind, you are also providing fascinating historical details. I am humbled to know that I have contributed a small part to keeping your memories alive.
From This Stubborn Soil by William A. Owens: “… since I was born at Pin Hook, Texas, a place whose character has not been made known to the world generally, I must begin by writing all I know or ever heard about it.”
What is left of Pin Hook is on view in Lamar County, up in Northeast Texas. No one knows how Pin Hook got its name. People settled in this area before 1836 (the year Texas became an independent republic). William Owens, a noted Texas writer, came from Pin Hook. Owens’s best known work This Stubborn Soil is a memoir of his youth in East Texas. It is worth reading for an unvarnished view of life in the country. These photos shows the remains of the Pin Hook general store, a century old.