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MALONE, TEXAS

Hill County, North Central Texas

Highway 171 and FM 308
15 miles SE of Hillsboro
Population: 276 (2010) 278 (2000) 306 (1990)

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Entering Malone, Texas
Entering Malone from the east

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

The town of Malone had its beginning in 1884 or 85 when settler Alonzo Dru Walling, planned a townsite and modestly named it after himself. With the anticipated arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad, the town moved two miles to the east in 1902. The following year the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway created an east-west route to intersect with the I-GN tracks at Walling.

William Malone, president of the I-GN wasn't happy with a competing railroad but Alonzo Walling sold him on the potential of a two-railroad crossroad town. Renaming the new town Malone just sweetened the proposal. Investors platted the town and lots were auctioned off in December of 1903. Officials of both railroads received a percentage of revenues and the T&BV built a depot.

Malone started with an instant population of 125 from the day of the auction. A post office opened the same year and A. D. Walling, clever man that he was, sued the I-GN to build a second depot and schedule regular stops at Malone. The former town of Walling declined in proportion to Malone's growth but if Alonzo Walling felt sad about his namesake town, he made up for it by owning most commercial properties in Malone.

The town throve. By 1913 there were as many as eight grocery stores operating in Malone and in the 1920s the population had grown to 550. Even during the Great Depression, Malone's decline was slight when compared to other regional towns. In 1936 Malone still maintained a population of 481.

After WWII there were still 429 people but in the 50s time caught up with Malone and the population fell to 352 residents served by a mere 12 businesses. It hit a low of 255 people and then increased to 305 by the mid 1970s - and has remained at that level.
Downtown Malone, Texas
Downtown Malone

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Barclay Gibson, April 2006
Post Office in Malone Texas
The Post Office

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Barclay Gibson April 2006
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Malone Texas city hall and Volunteer Fire
Malone city hall and Volunteer Fire Department

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Barclay Gibson, April 2006
Malone, Texas closes store
Closed stores in Malone

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Malone, Texas
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