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ELM MOTT, TEXAS


McLennan County, Central Texas North

31 40' 19" N, 97 5' 56" W (31.671944, -97.098889)

Interstate 35 and FM 308
8 Miles N of Waco
Population: 190 est. (2000)

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Elm Mott TX - First Water Well & Storage Tower 1881
The earliest water well & storage tower in Elm Mott dating back to 1881
Photo courtesy Richard Wilshire
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History in a Pecan Shell

Settled shortly after the Civil War, the area had been known as Geneva until a post office was applied for in 1872. Citizens were saddened to learn that another community had beaten them to the name. Since there was a grouping of Elms in the vicinity, the name Elm Mott was submitted and accepted.

As the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad extended its tracks from Hillsboro to Taylor, Elm Mott found itself in the right place. With a population of just 40 citizens in the mid 1880s, the town grew to 247 by 1900.

It briefly broke 300 residents, but drought and the boll weevil dealt the town a double-whammy even before the Great Depression arrived. Somehow the population maintained its population around 250.

Highway expansion in the late 1950s forced many residents to relocate, but the population stayed just below 300. The population has been given as 190 from the 1970s to the present (2017).



People:

Elm Mott's Eccentric Airman by Michael Barr

"W. D. Custead, a cousin to Buffalo Bill Cody, was an MKT railroad agent in Elm Mott - a tiny town north of Waco. He was also a tinkerer with a passion for powered flight. In 1894 Custead began work on an airship ..."
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Elm Mott TX  Barber Shop
Elm Mott Barber Shop
Photo courtesy Richard Wilshire


Elm Mott TX  depot
Elm Mott Depot
Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad
Photo courtesy Richard Wilshire
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Elm Mott TX  depot, Western Union Telegraph
Western Union Telegraph at the depot
Photo courtesy Richard Wilshire


TX - Elm Mott Schoolhouse
Elm Mott Schoolhouse
As Union Grove school in 1876, Geneva in 1887, and Elm Mott in 1897

Photo courtesy Richard Wilshire


TX - Elm Mott Elementary School
"The Elm Mott Elementary School, I went there from 1949 until 1955, it was built in 1920 and still stands today."
- Richard Wilshire, November 5, 2017
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 Elm Mott, Texas - Emmitt D. Wilshire in front of his Texaco Service Station
"My Dad, Emmitt D. Wilshire in front of his Texaco service station in Elm Mott in the mid 40's."
Richard Wilshire, November 5, 2017
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Elm Mott TX  Gin
Elm Mott Cotton Gin
Photo courtesy Richard Wilshire
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TX - Elm Mott Cemetery, a black cemetery
Elm Mott Cemetery - a black cemetery.
Photo courtesy Richard Wilshire
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Elm Mott TX - BankJan 1923
"An old advertising picture of the Elm Mott Bank, it had a calendar on the bottom which was dated January 1923."
- Richard Wilshire, November 5, 2017

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Elm Mott, Texas Nearby Towns:
Waco the county seat
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