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    LATEXO, TEXAS

    Houston County, East Texas
    U.S. Highway 287 and State Highway 19
    6.5 Miles N of Crockett
    Population: 0272 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Settlement dates back to the early 1870s when it was first known as Stark's Switch, for a siding that connected to a sawmill. The community grew around the International and Great Northern Railroad tracks and seemed comfortable with the name until 1900 when the Louisiana Texas Orchard Company (LA TEX O) bought 3,000 acres near the community.

    A new town was laid out and a post office appeared in 1907 under the new name. By 1914 the population was a healthy 200 townsfolk served by two stores and two doctors.

    Fruit and cotton became the town’s lifeblood and, of course, lumber from the sawmill.

    The population had doubled by the start of the Great Depression and the town managed to get through the 30s intact. But the post war years weren’t kind to Latexo and the 1950 census showed only 100 residents remained.

    The town stagnated through the 1960s and early 1970s, staying just below the 100 resident count. Growth began in the mid 1970s and the 1990 census showed a count of over 300 people served by four businesses.

    During the 1980s the community added a new city hall, school and fire station. The 2000 census counted 272 people.
    Houston Trinity County TX 1920 Map
    Houston/Trinity County TX 1920 Map showing Latexo
    N of Crockett
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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