FM 197 at the Intersection of FM 906
About 4 Miles W of Arthur City
About 14 Miles N of Paris
1 Mile N of Pat Mayse Lake
Population: 125 est. (2010)
Chicota, Texas Area Hotels > Paris
a Pecan Shell
Center Springs, the town began life as a trading post in 1879,
when storekeeper Captain Robert Draper heard the word Checotah in
reference to a place in Indian Territory.
A post office was in operation in the early to mid 1880s, Although
the population was a mere 45 individuals, there were over 100 schoolchildren
in the vicinity, taught by two teachers.
By 1892 the town had 225 residents, but it had declined to 100 by
1914. By the time the Great Depression was underway, Chicota was down
to a few businesses and the church and cemetery.
The postwar population was estimated at 212 from the late 1940s through
the 1950s. The 1990 census reported 125 residents, which was the same
number given in 2000.
my mom's family taken in Chicota in the early 1940's. This was my
grandmother on the far right. Lucy Dawes Skeen. My mother is on the
far left. Carlyon. My mom says that is an old smoke house in the background."
- Paul Crocker
My great grandfather Shelvy Laban Dawes came to Chicota from Missouri
in 1895. Shelvy was a blacksmith for 40 years in Chicota. He had two
forges and had four people working for him. He built wagons and buggies
from the ground up and also built caskets. The blacksmith shop was
located just east of the Griffin and Townsend Store in Chicota and
on the same ground where the Post Office was located during the time
Mrs. Mae Pearl Campbell was Post Mistress. The Masonic Lodge met on
the second floor. - Paul Crocker, November 07, 2012 (Researched from
Chicota, Forrest Chapel, Rawhide and Razor Revisited, Apr. 1993)
|1920s Lamar County
Map showing Chicota (near the Red River)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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