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ALMA, TEXAS

Ellis County, Central Texas North
Highway 75
4 Miles S of Ennis
19 Miles E of Waxahachie
Population: 302 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Settlement began as early as the 1840s. Prior to the railroadís arrival a stop for the Waxahachie-Marshall stage line was opened here alongside a small lake called Willow Pond. The Houston and Texas Central Railway arrived in 1872 and in 1881 the community was granted a post office. The communityís name is said to have been that of a local bankerís daughter.

The population of 1900 was given as 150 residents and the town seems to have peaked in the mid 1920s when it reached 250. During WWII it dropped to a mere 100 but leveled off at 200 until the early 1960s. By 1964 the population plummeted to only 30 and its post office closed its doors. It was up to 117 in the late 1970s, increasing to 205 for the 1990 census and increasing to 302 for the 2000 census.

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