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    DOTSON, TEXAS

    Panola County, East Texas
    CR 164 at the junction with CR 171
    ˝ Mile W of FM 1971
    15 Miles SW of Carthage
    10 Miles NE of Mt. Enterprise

    Population: 00040 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Settled sometime before the Civil War, lumber and cotton have historically been the lifeblood of this community. Dotson had a short-lived post office (1915-21) but never came close to breaking a population of 100. The town’s high water mark was reached in the 1930s when it had nine businesses (although the population was given as 20). By the 1950s, it had increased to 50 residents, but by the 1970s it had but a single store. The 1990 and 2000 census reported around 40 people in the area. It has reached the point where it now considered “a dispersed rural community.”
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    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2011
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    1920s Panola County map showing Dotson
    (Under "P" in "PANOLA")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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