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NOME, TEXAS

Jefferson County
Gulf Coast / East Texas
Highway 90, 326
FM 365
20 miles W of Beaumont

Population 515 (2000) 448 (1990)

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Grain elevator, Nome, Texas
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Nome, Texas History

"... In an attempt to avoid confusing passengers a new stop, called Buttfield, was established on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad. Although a post office operated under that name from 1894 to 1903, residents and travelers began to refer to the junction as Nome after oil was discovered at Sour Lake (Hardin County) around 1900. The newer name probably referred to the gold strikes, which produced a similar population influx and economic boom at Nome, Alaska, at roughly the same time. ..." - From Handbook of Texas Online
http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/view/NN/hln23.html

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