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GOLINDA, TEXAS

Falls & McLennan Counties, North Central Texas
Highway 77 and FM 2839
16 miles NE of Marlin
10 miles SE of Waco

Population 423 (2000) 347 (1990)

Golinda, Texas Area Hotels:
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History in a Pecan Shell

The name is a corrupted form of (Ignacio) Galindo, a priest in the area in 1833. The corruption wasn't quite complete when the community had a post office registered as Golindo (1860-1902).

Golinda became a popular stage stop between Marlin and Waco. The population in the 1930s was less than 70, and growth has been slow.

Golinda, Texas Forum

  • Ignacio Galindo was a priest yes, however he did not receive a land grant. He purchased land directly from Sam Houston. This sale included all the land along the Brazos River including Waco, McAllen, and Nacogdoches, TX. My family still holds the original deeds of purchase which we have contemplated giving to a museum when my uncle is ready to part with these precious documents. My grandmother met with the United States (d. 1988) government years ago (with Henry Kissinger) as the good Father Galindo left his heirs his property. (According to law the family can fight for the land up to five generations my mother being one member of that category) The US government believed the descendants to be in Mexico and thus put the money in trust with the Mexican government, (who claimed to have no recollection of any monies) took over our family property and began building, selling and granting squatters rights to our family land.

    It is unfortunate that we did not fall into the land grant category for if we had, we would have been able to join the class action suit which enabled many displaced Texas land grant owners monetary compensation. Instead, we found we were met with a hostile Mexican government and family members who disappeared while trying to fight both governments for what is still rightfully ours. - Sincerely, Anne Michaels A Galindo family descendant, June 08, 2004

  • Might I add that to date we are not aware of any grants which we were a part of, perhaps they may exist, however our documented history on hand makes no mention of same. I appreciate the correction. - Sincerely, Anne Michaels Galindo family descendant, June 17, 2004
  • 1907 McLennan County postal map showing "Golindo"
    (Below "NN" in "McLENNAN")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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