in a Pecan Shell
Established sometime in the 1880s, the town had enough letter-writing
people to get a post office in 1892. By the turn of the century, Locust
had a general store and cotton gin as well as a church. Growth was
between slow and non-existent. The post office closed in 1907 and
the population remained around 30 from 1900 through the 1940s. Over
the years, it added more and more people until 118 residents were
counted for the 2000 Census.
"It's an old town and around 1900 had a church, trading post (with
a domino table on the back porch), gin, a doctor, post office…. and
a population of a little over 100. I think it was 118.
Nowadays Locust has a li'l' old country store, a volunteer fire department
with five trucks and I would say about good 500 full-time folks living
here. It has about 350 weekend homes as well. There is a large Boy
Scout camp, an All Saints Church camp, two marinas and a public lakeside
campground. All nestled on the shores of Lake
Texoma. The postal address here is now Pottsboro."
- Carl Rogers, Locust, Texas, June 02, 2015
"P.S. We just got a cell phone tower!"
When we ask why
it's not discussed,
no one will tell
About all we get
is a clueless shrug,
nobody knows how
it got named for a bug.
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