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    FRUITVALE, TEXAS

    Van Zandt County, North Central Texas
    Highway 80
    About 63 Miles E of Dallas
    41 Miles NW of Tyler
    Population: 418 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Originally named Bolen Switch, local fruit growers petitioned for a change of name in 1901. The post office took the new name when it was granted in 1903. The first fruit nursery took root in the region back in the 1870s and 1880s.

    By 1914 the town was served by two general stores and besides selling fruit trees, the town also shipped lumber. It wasnít until the 1930s when the town reached 160 residents and it didnít incorporate until the mid 1960s when its population was still just 150. By 1988 the population had reached 395, declining to 349 by 1990.
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    Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007
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    The old Williams General Store
    Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2007

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    Photographer's Note:
    Not a lot here. The old building was marked as a feed store but doesn't show up in the picture. - Mike Price, October 25, 2007

  • Subject: Photo shown in Fruitvale Texas
    [Above] photo shows the old Williams General Store in Fruitvale. Run By Hallie and Jane Randall when I was a child. I believe Mrs. Hallie inherited the store from her husband. Mrs. Jane was there in the store in '05. This picture shows the store empty and painted. It held many pieces of the town's history, including P.O. boxes from the old post office and the largest old juke box I'd ever seen. I used to walk from the elementary school (across hwy 80 and the train tracks) to wait for my father to pick me up, every day. I'd sit on the old Coca-Cola top-loader and watch tv until he arrived. I left town for N.Y. at the age of 12. Great memories. Thanks, Christopher L. Evans, February 05, 2013


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