a Pecan Shell
A Doctor Stamper
is said to have named the community - after it's reputation for being
a ferocious place. (Leo being a reference to Lion). The community
was granted a post office in 1894 although the place had been settled
before the Civil War.
But sadly, no roads crossed near Leo, making growth unlikely, bordering
on impossible. Whatever transpired in Leo was kept to the Leonites
and as late as 1990 the population was just 80 residents. If you thought
having 80 people was a handicap toward prosperity, the 2000 census
counted a mere 20 people.
"Kind of out of the way. Nothing there but nearby bypassed bridge."
Gibson, April 2015
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