NAME: Arden
COUNTY: Irion County
CLIMATE: Hot Summers/Cold Winters
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring and Fall
COMMENTS: In northeast Irion County, north of Mertzon on Farm to Market Road 853. There is a Texas History Marker at the site of the community.
REMAINS: Some of the old building at site.
Arden, on Rocky Creek was named for John and Katie Arden, who settled a claim at the site by 1885. The community acquired a post office in 1890 with W.P. Moore as postmaster. A local public school was established in 1892. Two short-lived schools had operated before this in Arden district, one on Rocky Creek and the other at Sawyer. In 1915 Arden had a post office, a school, a church, and a population of fourteen. In 1947, When the community had one business and thirty residents, the Arden School was consolidated with the Mertzon. All of the businesses had been abandoned as of 1966, execept for a polling place used to preserve precinct lines. The passing of the school, low cotton prices, drought, and better opportunities in nearby larger towns were the primary causes for the decline of Arden. Since 1952 an Arden reunion has been held each Labor Day on Rocky Creek.This was taken from the New Handbook of Texas Vol. 1 page 235 Submitted by: Texas Wandergoing, Inc.

Historical Marker
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Old House
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More Foundations
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Wider View
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