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POLLOK, TEXAS

Angelina County, East Texas

Highway 7 just S of Highway 69
12 Miles NW of Lufkin
17 Miles SW of Nacogdoches
Population: 300 (2000)

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Calf with heart shaped mark, Pollock Texas
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine
History in a Pecan Shell

The town came into being in the 1880s when one Richard Blair built a sawmill here alongside the railroad. The railroad stop was known as Bodan, after Frenchman Francis D. Bodan, a storekeeper on the "old Smugglers' Road" some 20 miles W of Nacogdoches. When the time came for a post office (1886) the name that was granted was Pollok ( no explanation) and the name was accepted by and for the town.

By the late 1880s Pollock was doing well for a town its size. A Union Church was built in 1899 for Methodist, Baptist, and Presbyterian congregations. The overworked building also served for elections and entertainment. The Bodan Lumber Company dominated the economy and when it burned, the town suffered accordingly. Two company shareholders constructed a much smaller mill to finish cutting the available timber, but that too closed.

Pollok did manage to survive and enough people remained to keep the post office open. During the 30s the population was still 100 and by 1964 it had increased to 350.

The TxDoT Angelina County map shows three cemeteries near Pollock.

Pollok Texas and a Mystery Light on the Bodan by Ken Rudine
Pollok Texas deer season
Deer season in Pollok

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Ken Rudine
Bragg Road Ghost Light Texas
Mystery Light at Bragg Road
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, August 2007

Pollok, Texas Forum

Subject: Pollok TX
My mother came to Houston from Pollok. When I was a child I went there just about every other weekend. In the deer season photo, Jack is on the running board, Bob is on the right fender, with the rifle is Teba and then my dad and mom on the bumper. Jack plowed, Bob hunted and Teba was my aunt Rena's husband from Jeanerette La. The house was on a hill. In 1972 I named their road Edwards Loop (off Hwy 69). I also named Rifle Rd. and Fenley Flat roads. I bought the signs from Safety Lights Co in Houston and with 2 friends, we planted them at midnight. The county later fixed bent or missing signs to perpetuate what I started. - Ken Rudine, January 30, 2007
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