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VOX POPULI, TEXAS

Suggested slogan: "We have less than Nada"

Texas Ghost Town
Colorado County, Central Texas South

About 20 Miles SE of Columbus
4 miles N of Garwood
7 miles N of Nada
Population: Between 0 and Unknown

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TX - Vox Populi Elementary School 1920
Vox Populi Elementary School, Class 1919-1920
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Photo courtesy ColoradoCountyHistory.org
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Vox Populi Directions

"Vox Populi was concentrated at the intersection of what is now County Road 16 and Highway 71 in Colorado County. Its northernmost concentration of structures began 3.4 miles south of the Highway 90 intersection on Highway 71. The 1956
Colorado County road map shows this but doesn't name the town.

The Post Office for Vox Populi also shows on the map, being located on the west side of Highway 71 at the County Road 111 intersection. The community hall shown on the map is still standing on the east side of the intersection and the brick school still stands on the west side of 71, there is a cemetery just behind and north of the school building. South Point Baptist sits at the corner of county road 111 and marks the approximate center of what was the southern cluster of buildings and is deteriorating badly as of 2017. There was another church on county 11 near the 71 intersection which may be the structure standing there today (.11 miles west of 71). The grouping of buildings comprising Vox Populi extended south to the point where Marys Branch creek crosses 71 and the cluster of settlements disperse south of the second cemetery approx. 1.61 miles south of South Point Baptist." -
Mike OBrien, June 24, 2017
Vox Populi, TX - South Point Baptist Church
South Point Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2005
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History on a Pinhead

Contributor's note:
"When the Handbook of Texas says a town "was probably" on a particular farm to market road, you can't expect much. With Vox Populi, no one seems to know the exact location. There was once a town designation sign on Highway 71. If it's still there, it can be easily missed.

The community was established in the 1870s as a sort of "convenience" market for the former slaves of local plantations who couldn't make the then-arduous journey to larger towns.

A post office was granted in 1880 with the lofty (but somewhat mysterious) Latin name Vox Populi - or "'voice of the people."

The post office was located close by the South Point Baptist Church." - John J. Germann.


Although there were only 30 residents in 1884, by 1890 the community had grown to a respectable population of 200. But it had yet to peak. Vox Populi had doubled to a population of 400 by 1896. The school for Black students had three teachers for 121 pupils.

The post office was closed in the 1930s and the population drifted away. Depopulation was swift. By 1940 the town had been dropped from state maps.

Vox Populi Update

"The South Point Church is at risk now, someone has taken the cornerstones and removed much of the interior wall and floor material. The south wall is leaning pretty badly, I think the next big wind might take it down."
- Mike OBrien, June 24, 2017

Vox Populi TX  1904 Postmark
Vox Populi TX  1904 Postmark
Cover canceled with Vox Populi 1904 Postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
TX Colorado County 1907 Postal Map
Colorado County TX 1907 Postal Map showing Voxpopuli
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Vox Populi, Texas Area Towns:
Columbus | Nada | Garwood
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