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    EDOM, TEXAS

    Van Zandt County, Central Texas N / East Texas
    Where FMs 279, 314, and 2339 converge
    About 16 Miles SE of Canton

    Population: 00322 (2000)

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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
    History in a Pecan Shell

    Originally named Hamburg when it was settled a short distance away from the present site in the late 1840s, it was granted a post office under that name in 1852. Three years later the post office moved a mile closer to present-day Edom.

    The relocation brought a change of name – taken from the Bible.

    Located alongside the Tyler – Poerter’s Bluff Road, it became a popular stopping place for freighters.

    The community moved again to its present location, although no exact date (or reason) is known.

    Just prior to the Civil War, Edom had a Masonic lodge, a waggonwright, a saddler and a tanyard. After the Civil War, the community opened schools and among the enrolled students were children of the famous Indian captive Cynthia Parker.

    The population in the 1890s was a mere 150 residents, which peaked at around 300 sometime in the late 1920s. Despite the lack of a railroad connection, its economy remained strong and the population has remained around 300 for decades.

    The post office closed in the year of the Bi-centennial (1976) but Edom remains a small but vibrant community with a yearly arts and crafts fair.

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    "Nice cafes are worth the drive." - Barclay Gibson

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    Edom TX - "Telegraph Office" sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
    Edom TX - Cafe

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011

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    Edom City Limit
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    Van Zandt County TX 1920s Map
    Van Zandt County 1920s Map showing Edom
    (near Henderson County line)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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