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LEVITA, TEXAS

Coryell County, North Central Texas
FM 930 and FM 2412
10 miles NW of Gatesville

Population: 70 (1990)

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Levita Cemetery




Levita Cemetery

Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey
History in a Pecan Shell

Mont Simpson donated the land for what had been initially called Simpsonville. But another Simpsonville with a post office, prevented the use of that name when the post office opened in 1886.

In 1890 the town had seventy-five people and three businesses and by 914 there were 100 people living there.

Levita was finally connected with a railroad in 1911.The town had a large rural school, a large flour mill, a gristmill, several doctors, and a blacksmith and justice of the peace.

One early school building had stories with an outside staircase. Primary grades had class downstairs, while the older students had classes upstairs. Later a stone school was constructed. A fire ravaged Levita in 1932 and the railroad pulled out in 1941. Around that time a new post office was built, and Levita had several filling stations.

Levita's population remained around 200 throughout the 1930s and 1940s.
Levita Baptist Church




Levita Baptist Church

Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey
Levita United Methodist Church
Levita United Methodist Church

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standpipe water tower
Standpipe water tower

Photo courtesy Jim and Lou Kinsey
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Levita, Texas Forum

Subject: Are Their Doves in Levita?
Dear Texas Escapes, My name is Mary Jo Whitt and I live in Waco, Texas. In 1871, My Great-grandmother Mary Synthia Dove lived in Levita and apparently she died there and is presumedly buried in the cemetery next to the Church. I know that there are some Doves buried there now. I haven't been able to get in touch with the Pastor and have visited there, but no one seem to be able to tell me if any of the Doves still live there. I am trying to find out about them. If anyone in Levita could contact me concerning any Doves now living in Levita, I would greatly appreciate it. My telephone no. is 254-752-0511. Thank you. - Mary Jo Whitt, Waco, Texas, 9-4-06

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