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    SACUL, TEXAS

    Nacogdoches County, East Texas
    Hwy 204 and FM 1648
    21 miles NW of Nacogdoches
    25 miles SE of Jacksonville

    Population: 170 est. (unchanged since the 1960s)

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    Mall building in Sacul, Texas
    Sacul Mall Building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town was born with the arrival of the Texas and New Orleans Railroad - shortly after 1900. The name that was chosen for the town was Lucas - for one of the original settlers. But when the application was denied (there was already a post office named Lucas in Collin County) the townspeople submitted the name spelled backwards. It worked. In 1903 the Sacul post office opened and a school opened the following year.

    The estimated population in 1914 was 400 and the town had everything it needed, including no fewer than six general stores, three groceries and of course, a blacksmith, bank and two cotton gins.
    Sacul, Texas old store building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
    The Great Depression reduced the population to around 250 people and the businesses declined to 10. Increased mobility after WWII continued to draw off people and those who had left never came back. In the mid 1960s Sacul had 170 residents but only four businesses. The old population figure of 170 continues to appear on state maps.

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    Making music in Sacul

    By Bob Bowman ("Bob Bowman's East Texas" Column)
    On the fourth Saturday night each month, the Nacogdoches County community of Sacul hosts one of the best country music venues in East Texas--a collection of bands playing mostly bluegrass standards.... more

    Pickin’ at Sacul

    By Bob Bowman (From "All Things Historical" Column)
    "... As the sun drops behind the forests, the sounds of bluegrass and country music fill the inside of a century-old building that once housed the town’s mercantile store, bank, drugstore and post office. It is almost the sole relic of what was once a small, but thriving, railroad community in the early 1900s..." more

    Finding Dextra
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    "It stands south of Sacul at the intersection of FM 1648 and County Road 898...."

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