in a Pecan Shell|
Bobo was a stop on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway. Bobo has no
official date of birth, but sources say it was sometime around 1885. They were
granted a post office in 1893 and it managed to stay open until 1898. In 1896
Bobo had a general store and a population of ten Boboans.
Great Depression Bobo had a church, a sawmill, and a store to supply the sawyers.
The rural-urban exodus after World
War II left Bobo with almost the same population as they had in the 1890s.
Today a few houses and a church remain along with two signs that announce
that it was once a town.
Timpson, Bobo, and Blair by Archie P. McDonald, PhD |
Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo, and
Blair are communities in Shelby County whose names were appropriated for a plea
by crapshooters for good luck when seeking to roll double fives. Similarly, dice
throwers hoping for an "eight" would sing out, "Eighter from Decatur, the County
Seat of Wise." Later the alliteration in the sing-song phrase "Tenaha, Timpson,
Bobo, and Blair" helped a folk song recorded by Tex Ritter popular.
How did the communities become involved with dice and popular music?
Shelby County map showing Bobo|
"SH" in "SHELBY")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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