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    BOBO, TEXAS

    Shelby County, East Texas
    US 59 / Hwy 84
    4 miles W of Tenaha
    6 miles E of Timpson
    15 miles NW of Center
    20 miles S of Carthage
    35 miles NE of Nacogdoches

    Population: Unk

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    History 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.

    During the 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.
    Bobo, Texas historical marker
    Bobo historical marker
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    Tenaha, 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? ... more
    Shelby County Texas 1920s map
    1920 Shelby County map showing Bobo
    (Above "SH" in "SHELBY")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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