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LEO, TEXAS

Cooke County, N Central Texas

About 20 Miles SW of Gainesville
Near the Wise County Line
Population: 00020 (2000)

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Leo TX - Storm Cellar
Storm Cellar
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015

History in a Pecan Shell

A Doctor Stamper is said to have named the community - after it's reputation for being a ferocious place. (Leo being a reference to Lion). The community was granted a post office in 1894 although the place had been settled before the Civil War.

But sadly, no roads crossed near Leo, making growth unlikely, bordering on impossible. Whatever transpired in Leo was kept to the Leonites and as late as 1990 the population was just 80 residents. If you thought having 80 people was a handicap toward prosperity, the 2000 census counted a mere 20 people.


Photographer's Note:
"Kind of out of the way. Nothing there but nearby bypassed bridge." - Barclay Gibson, April 2015
Leo TX - Bypassed Bridge
The Bypassed Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015
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Leo TX - Leo Sign
Leo Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2015
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Leo TX - Cooke Co 1907 Postmark info
Leo TX - Cooke Co 1907 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with 1907 Leo, TX postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Postcard with the cancelled postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Cooke County TX 1940s Map
Cooke County 1940s Map showing Leo (near Wise County line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Cooke County TX 1907 postal Map
Cooke County 1907 postal map showing the circle denoting Leo (near Wise & Denton County line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Leo, Texas
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