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POTH, TEXAS

Wilson County, South Texas
Highway 181, FM 427 and FM 541
7 miles SE of Floresville
7 miles NW of Falls City
20 miles NW of Kenedy
Population: 1,850 (2000)

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Hermann Sons Hall as Church Poth TX
Hermann Son's Hall as church
TE photo, February 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

Established as Marcelina in 1886 as a switch on the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad. It took a few years for businesses to get going, but in 1900 the first store opened and the following year a cotton gin was built by A.H. Poth. The name was then charged to Poth and a depot was built in 1906.

By 1914 the population was 250 and the town had most essential businesses including a lumberyard and furniture store. By 1920 it had increased to 300 residents. After WWII the population had doubled to 600 and by the mid-1960s it had reached 1,119.

Although businesses have declined from 35 in 1965 to 13 in 1990, the population has continued to increase - a rarity for small town Texas.
Poth church
TE photo, February 2006
Poth Texas depot
Poth Depot
TE photo, February 2006
Poth Texas depot painting by Jacinto Guevara
Painting of the former Poth Depot by Jacinto Guevara 2007
Copyright Jacinto Guevara

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