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LADONIA, TEXAS

Fannin County, North Central Texas
Highways 34 and 50, Farm roads 2456 and 64
16 Miles SE of Bonham
Population: 667 (2006)

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Downtown Ladonia Tx
Downtown Ladonia
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History in a Pecan Shell

The area was settled around 1840 by James MacFarland and Daniel Davis. James H. Cole, is credited with platting the town around 1855. The community had been known as McCownville but in 1857 the name was changed supposedly to honor La Donna Millsay, a Tennessean singer who entertained the town.

The name La Donna was submitted to the postal authorities for a post office and when it opened in 1858 no one was sure of who was responsible of the slight change in spelling. In 1887 the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad arrived and the town grew to a respectable population of 350 (more or less). Ladonia became a shipping point for cotton, corn, and grain crops. In the 1890s the population grew to an estimated 1,500 people and 2,000 by the end of that decade. In the throes of the Great Depression the population fell to 1,199 and never recovered . By the 1970s it was down to just over 800 residents. By 1990 it reported a population of 658. and for the 2000 census it had risen to 667.
Downtown Ladonia Tx
Downtown storefronts
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Ladonia Tx Heritage Hall
Former Presbyterian Church - now Heritage Hall
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Ladonia TX United Methodist Church
United Methodist Church in downtown Ladonia
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Ladonia TX Church
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Ladonia TX City Hall
Ladonia City Hall
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Ladonia TX Volunteer Departyment &  Fire Engine
Ladonia Volunteer Department & Pumper
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Ladonia TX architectural details
Ladonia detail: 1897 W.B. Merri?
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Ladonia Tx Closed Hotel
A former Ladonia Hotel
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Ladonia TX Victorian
"A beautiful Victorian that's the most impressive thing in town." - Mike Price, April 2008 photo
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Ladonia TX Architecture
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Ladonia TX closed Gas Station
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Ladonia TX Historical Marker
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