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SATIN, TEXAS

Falls County, North Central Texas
FM 434
4 miles N of Chilton
22 miles S of Waco
2 miles E of Golinda

Population: Estimated at 138

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Satin, Texas post office
The Satin Post Office
Photo courtesy Terry Williams
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Settlement dates back to 1834. In 1872 a sawmill was built and the town started to develop. With the arrival of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway in the late 1880s, the town shifted its city limits to be near the railroad. First known as Laguna for the nearby lake, and then Cedar Point for the cedar trees shipped from the town, the current name is said to have come from an employee of the railroad.

It was the name submitted to the post office department when they granted a post office in 1917. With only ten residents in 1926, it swelled to nearly 200 by 1931.

But by 1935 it had shrunk back to ten Satinites.* (See Forum below) Somewhere along the line people started flooding into Satin and by 1958 it was estimated there were 138 people living there. It's a figure the town is comfortable with for it's been used as a population estimate ever since.

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Satin, Texas Forum

Subject: Satin Texas
This is regarding the information on Satin Texas 76685. My family settled here after slavery was abolished. I don't think there has ever been as little as 10 people in Satin since 1865. The census shows that the Satin people lived on Gurley Road (because Satin did not have a name). We have viewed census as far back as 1870....maybe 1860. There are many people in Satin.

My grandmother taught school in Satin for 38 years. She told me that Satin used to be called Laguna. There was anther Laguna Texas that had been established before Satin, so Satin had to change its name. The Post office went to the oldest living white man and asked what did he want to change the name to. He owned a General store and looked down as saw a bolt of Satin fabric. He said call it Satin. His name was Mr. Walker. His son ran the store, when I was a girl. Thanks. -
Marilynn Jones, January 21, 2008


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