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DODD CITY, TEXAS

(Not to be confused with Dodd, Texas, Castro County)
Fannin County, North Central Texas
Hwy 82 and FM 2077
5 miles E of Bonham
15 miles W of Honey Grove
75 mils NE of Dallas
Population : 440

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Dodd City Pavilion , Texas
Photo courtesy Mike Price, December 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

A Major Edmund Hall Dodd migrated from Kentucky to Texas in 1839 and settled in this region. The log house soon became a gathering place, post office and stagecoach stop. From 1845 to 1865 a post office operated under the name of Licke, but was renamed Dodd from 1873 to 1902. That year the word "City" was added - probably to avoid confusion with the other Dodd, out in Castro County.

Growth was stagnant until Civil War veterans started moving into the area. In 1873, the Texas and Pacific Railroad reached the town of Quincy - a mere mile from Dodd.

Dodd incorporated in 1879 and Quincy was absorbed. Dodd was soon boasting a population of 400 - one of the largest towns in Fannin County. The decline started during the Great Depression and by the end of WWII there were barely 300 Dodd citizens. The railroad quit providing passenger service in 1950 and the population stabilized (although there's no proof that people were leaving by train). The 1990 Census showed 351 people in Dodd City.

Dodd City was the hometown of Lt. Clyde Cosper in our WWII Chronicles.
Dodd City Texas
Photo courtesy Mike Price, December 2007

Dodd City Chronicles

Voters hold fiery rally by Delbert Trew
A true story that happened just before election time in November of 1884 at Dodd City...

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