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OAK GROVE, TEXAS

Bowie County, East Texas
US Highway 82
About 4 Miles W of DeKalb
W of New Boston
Population:00294 (2000)


Oak Grove, Texas Area Hotes > New Boston Hotels
History in a Pecan Shell

The community had once been known as Rolyat (Taylor spelled backwards?) and had a post office under that name. But in 1906 it was renamed after a handsome stand of oak trees.

1914 seems to have been Oak Grove’s peak with a population of 200 reported. But by the mid 1920s, it had declined to a mere 80. The post office was discontinued in the 1950s, but the town lived on, reporting 60 people in 1982. The 2000 census showed a gain to nearly 300 residents.
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Bowie County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Bowie County postal map showing Oak Grove as Rolyat
(Above "B" in "B-O-W-I-E")

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Oak Grove / Rolyat TX - Bowie County 1899   Postmark info
Oak Grove / Rolyat TX - Bowie County 1899   Postmark
Cover cancelled with 1899 Rolyat postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Oak Grove  TX - Bowie County 1954 Postmark info
Oak Grove  TX - Bowie County 1954 Postmark
Cover cancelled with 1954 Oak Grove postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Oak Grove, Texas
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