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COLITA, TEXAS

Polk County, East Texas

Just W of FM 350
About 90 Miles N of Houston
Population: 000050 (2000)

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History on a Pinhead

Once a part of the "Louisiana Settlement," (a loose group of communities with shared interests), Colita formed its own identity in 1840. Named for a chef of the Coushatta Indian tribe, it was granted a post office before the Texas Revolution.

1870 saw the birth of the Colita Academy, an institution that lasted 20 years. The population peaked at 100 residents in 1900 which declined by half for the 2000 census.

Colita Academy

"The Colita Academy, a non-sectarian outstandig educational institution considered one of the best in East Texas, was located here in 1874. The two -story building built of the finest lumber available, had a large stage 65 feet long and 16 feet wide, at the rear of the first floor. It was financed by patrons of the school including Robert Rowe. It closed in 1894 as other public schools opened."
- Bonney, Lorraine G. The Big Thicket Guidebook: Exploring the Backroads and History of Southeast Texas.
Denton: University of North Texas Press, 2011. p272

Colita, TX 1877 postmark info
Colita, TX 1877 postmark
Cover canceled with Colita TX 1877 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Polk  County TX 1907 postal map
Polk County 1907 Postal Map showing Colita
near Trinity County line

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Colita, Texas Area Town:
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