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CHOICE, TEXAS

Shelby County, East Texas
FMs 417 and 2140
About 7 Miles SE of Center

Population: 000021 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

With all of the stories connected with the naming of various Texas towns, Choice's name was decided by the U.S. Postal authorities. (See Bob Bowman's Town Names.) The town was founded around 1904 and the post office was granted about that same time. The population was estimated at 100 around 1914 when it reportedly had a sawmill and two competing grocery stores.

The community was under that familiar curse of being too close to the county seat to develope on its own, and the population droped to a mere 25 in the mid 1920s. It actually grew (!) during the Great Depression and ended the 30s back at 100. It peaked after WWII with an estimated 150 residents and then started to decline. From the 60s through the 80s, Choice had just 20 people and it's added just one person to that estimate for the 1990 and 2000 census.
Shelby County Texas 1920s map
1920s Shelby County map showing Choice
(Below "L" in "SHELBY" - SE of Center"
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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