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PEGTOWN, the town that never was, was the proposed new county seat for Hamilton County in 1886. Following the loss (by fire) of the Hamilton County Courthouse on 2 February, 1886, the residents of southwestern Hamilton County petitioned for an election to consider moving the courthouse nearer  to them. The proposed town site of the new county seat was near Shive on the John Dillard Hunt ranch. 

This movement drew much support and an election to consider relocating the county seat was called for 4 May, 1886. In an effort to retain Hamilton as the county seat, Hamilton County Commissioners, Simpson Loyd, A. J. Forester, R. Stinnett, J. P. Grundy, and County Judge C. W. Cotton negotiated an agreement with the voters of the southern part of the county to allow the future Mills County to have a strip of Hamilton County moving the county line from Sims Creek, seven miles south of Center City to McGirk. In the April election Hamilton received 878 votes, "Pegtown" (near Shive) received 689 votes, and Piggtown (Aleman) received 3 votes.


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People and Places: Gazetteer of Hamilton County, TX
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