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DE LEON, TEXAS

Comanche County, North Central Texas

Hwy 6, Hwy 16
12 miles W of Dublin
24 miles SW of Stephenville
30 miles SE of Eastland
15 miles N of Comanche
Population: 2,235 (2010) 2,433 (2000) 2,190 (1990)

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Photo courtesy Shane Hall, November 2008

History in a Pecan Shell

De Leon was born when The Texas Central Railroad sold lots off the bed of a flatcar on July 7, 1881. The name is attributed to Alonso De Leon, a Spanish explorer who also lent his name to the nearby Leon River.

The post office was opened within the year and by 1882, the town had a newspaper and a doctor. Like most of Texas, cotton was the major cash crop until the 1906 infestation of the boll weevil decimated the crop. Peanuts were the replacement crop and increased technology and irrigation insured its continuation. It is the primary regional crop to the present.

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Peanuts are no longer the predominant crop in the De Leon area and haven't been for quite a few years. Even though it's hard to consider it a "crop", you could say that coastal bermuda is now the predominant crop solely grown to produce hay for the cattle and the hay itself is sold far and wide. Driving around the area, you'll see more acreage of coastal bermuda than anything else. You rarely see a field of peanuts anymore. The peanut growing business pretty much moved to west Texas.

Cotton has been making a comeback in recent years and has been doing fairly well considering how little rainfall we get, but it's dry land cotton and does well if small rains come at the right time.

The only known "farmers" who are actually growing edible food in Comanche county are someone in Gustine that grows large amounts of squash and tomatoes and a small time onion grower around Comyn that grows a few thousand sweet onions every year. A farmer's market exists in De Leon but has no participants.

P.S. Back in they heyday of the peanut business around De Leon and Gorman, duck man Phil Robertson used to hunt ducks in the area because of the huge number of ducks that flocked to the peanut fields. There are hardly any ducks anymore but there are thousands of sandhill cranes that flock to the few remaining peanut fields and do their resting at Lake Proctor. - Shane Hall, De Leon, July 25, 2014

Sandhill Cranes
Photo courtesy Shane Hall
DeLeon Texas Downtown
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2005
De Leon's Wall of Recall mural
De Leon's Wall of Recall
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2005
DeLeon Auto Supply mural, De Leon Texas
De Leon mural
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2005
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