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OTTO, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Falls County, North Central Texas

FM 1240 and FM 2603
8 Miles N of Perry
Near Waco and Marlin
Population: 00048 (2000)

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Otto Tx Closed Crazy Horse Saloon Gas Station
Otto closed Crazy Horse Saloon & Gas Station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Otto History in a Pecan Shell

Otto’s history incorporates that of two smaller communities. Needmore and Lonestar joined forces in 1901 and renamed themselves in anticipation of the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad which was then connecting its line between Waco and Marlin.

The towns namesake could’ve been Charles Otto Leuschner, landowner, or Henry Otto Stansbury, schoolteacher (one of the consequences of using a first name). In 1905 Otto had a population of 250 residents and mostr essential businesses.

It is said that as many as 1,000 residents lived in Otto prior to the Great Depression and the shrinkage caused by the postwar exodus from small towns.

From a 1941 estimate of 500, it had declined by half in two short years. 1950 saw the consolidation of Otto’s students into the Mart ISD and from the 1964 population of 243, it fell to a mere 85 by 1970. The estimate for the 2000 census was given as 48 residents.

A Visit to Otto:

Otto Tx Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Otto Tx Closed Gas Station
A closed gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Otto Tx LightedT exaco Sign
Texaco
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Otto Tx Old Farm House Ruins
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Otto Tx old green house
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Otto Tx Old Green Delivery Truck
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Otto Tx Tin Cotton Gin
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Otto Tx  Cotton Gin
A gin in Otto
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Otto Tx Truck In Shed
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Otto Tx Road Sign
Entering Otto
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Otto TX - Falls Coounty 1903 Postmark
Otto TX - Falls Coounty 1903 Postmark
Cover cancelled with 1903 Otto postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

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