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TELEPHONE, TEXAS

Fannin County, Central Texas North

33 46' 52" N, 96 1' 5" W (33.781111, -96.018056)

FM 273 and FM 2029
17 Miles NE of Bonham the county seat
32 Mile NE of Sherman
Population: 210 est. (2010)

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Cafe in Telephone, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

History in a Pecan Shell

Some settlement occurred before 1870s, although the site didn't really jell until the mid 1880s. It's name comes from the community's pride in having a telephone. (Located in the general store.) In an old familiar story, the storekeeper's applications for a post office (under a variety of names) met with rejections because the names were "already taken" by some other community. The name Telephone was submitted and the telephone post office opened in 1886.

There were 30 people living in Telephone by 1890, reaching 100 in the mid teens. It remained there throughout the 30s. Unlike many communities of its size (without a railroad connection), the population increased. By the end of WWII there were 280 citizens and the population stayed at that level throughout the 60s.

In 1990 Telephone reported 210 residents - the same number reported on the 2010 highway map.
Telephone Methodist Church, Texas
Telephone Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007
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Telephone, Texas business
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2007

TX Fannin County  1940s Map
Fannin County 1940s map showing Telephone
NE of Bonham
From Texas state map #4335
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Telephone, Texas Nearby Towns:
Bonham the county seat
Sherman
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