in a Pecan Shell
called Lickskillet, the town was settled about 1850 and since
the name wasn’t quite up to postal standards, the townsfolk borrowed
the name Pilot Grove from the nearby ranch of the same name.
The community remained tiny until the 1880s when a resemblance of
grow appeared. By the mid 1880s it was still only a mere thirty
residents. It had a store, school and three churches at that time
plus a cotton gin. By 1904 the number of citizens had increased
to almost 200 but the post office closed that year.
During the Great Depression Pilot Grove had the same population
supported by three businesses.
the population declined to 125 and a single business. The school
and three churches remained intact. From the mid 1970s to the 1990
census, Pilot Grove reported seventy-five residents.
|Pilot Grove Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay
Gibson, August 2013
early 1850s. On Bonham-McKinney Stage Line. Called Lick Skillet;
renamed, 1858, for J. P. Dumas' Ranch. Site of Lee-Peacock feud,
1865-1871, between ex-Confederate Capt. Bob Lee with his gold and
Union supporter Lewis Peacock. Although Lee was killed in 1865,
his followers carried on the fight until Peacock was shot.
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