FM 455 near the Intersection with FM 51
20 Miles NE of Decatur
175 Est. (2000)
in a Pecan Shell|
Slidell didnít develop
until the 1880s although it had been surveyed and sold prior to the Civil War.
The land was raw and the threat of Indian raids continued into the 1880s. It was
on the Chisholm Trail
and it is said that the area around present-day Slidell was used as a hideout
for outlaw Sam
The region was refered to as Hackberry Grove until a
post office was granted in the 1880s. The name submitted (and accepted) was to
honor Confederate diplomat John Slidell. Although the population never broke 300
residents, Slidell had all the amenities of a small town Ė including a newspaper.
The community suffered a fire in 1911 and although it only destroyed two businesses,
the town was already in decline due to other forces at work. The people who remained
have kept the town alive over the decades and the population remains just short
of 200 residents.
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