|History in a Pecan
Named after the Caddo Indians who were the first inhabitants,
settlement began in the 1850s. In the 1870s a grist mill was built just west of
the current town. A store opened and the town grew up around it. It became known
as Caddo Mills and in 1879 a post office was granted under that name.
The population reached 100 in the early 1880s and in 1886 the Missouri, Kansas
and Texas (KATY) railroad arrived. The railroad increased the population to 500
by 1892. The population in the mid teens reached 700 but decreased even before
the Great Depression arrived. The population just prior to WWII
was less than 400 and growth has been slow but upward ever since. The 1964 population
was 680, increasing to just over 1,300 in 1988.