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MAGNOLIA, TEXAS

Montgomery County, East Texas
FM 1774 and FM 1488
20 Miles SW of Conroe
12 Miles NW of Tomball
43 Miles NW of Houston
Population: 1,460 (2010) 1,111 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Once known as Mink's Prairie (in the 1840s) the name was shortened to Mink in 1850 but it wasn’t until 1885 when the town was granted a post office under the name of Mink. By 1900 the population of Mink had swollen to 25 people and two years later, with the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad tiny Mink moved to the tracks, creating a new town. The railroad wanted the town to be named Melton, which was too close (in spelling) to Milton, Texas. To keep things simple, the town was named after the abundant Magnolia trees – and the new post office was so designated in 1903.

The 1915 population of Magnolia was 150 and the town had most essential businesses. The town prospered – being close to Houston, but not too close. The 1940 population had grown to 400, in part, due to an oil discovery. Magnolia incorporated in late 1968. By 1971 the population was 1,150, dipping to 867 by 1980. It rebounded in 1989 to 1,132, and dipped again in 1990 to just under 1,000.

Magnolia Texas Today

Magnolia historic depot, Magnolia Texas
Magnolia historic depot
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
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Magnolia rail depot sign, Magnolia Texas
Magnolia Rail Depot sign
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
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Victorian house, Magnolia Texas
Magnolia Victorian
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
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Magnolia Texas city limit
Magnolia city limit
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, October 2007
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