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 Texas : Towns A-Z / Central Texas N : Lott

LOTT, TEXAS

Falls County, North Central Texas
Highway 77
27 Miles S of Waco
9 Miles NW of Rosebud
27 Miles NE of Temple

Population: 0724 (2000)

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Lott Texas downtown
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
A Visit to Lott

History in a Pecan Shell


In 1889 when word got out that the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad was heading through the area the Texas Townsite Company bought land here. The railroad arrived the following year and was named after railroad president Uriah Lott.

The post office opened that same year (1890) and Lott was incorporated with a population given as 200. Two years later the population had increased to 350 and the town had all essential businesses including a weekly newspaper.

By the end of the decade, Lott’s population reached 1,200 according to some estimates. The 20th Century looked even better. Two banks opened in Lott (1903 and 1909) insuring financial stability.

A State Highway was built through town in 1920s (which later became Highway 77). The Great Depression hit Lott in 1933 when the First National Bank of Lott closed its doors permanently. The population had declined into the low 900s during the 30s, rising briefly past 1,000 in the 1940s and returning below that figure in the 1950s.

Lott lost its railroad connection in 1967 and businesses continued to fold, following a trend started after WWII.
Lott Texas - Old post office
The old post office
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, July 2009
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One photo shows a strip of old buildings that host an Antique Mall now. Back in the 1970's it was state wide known for its housing a Western Wear Store- "The Western Fair" was originaly small but as businesses closed next door to it they would knock a doorway in the wall and add on. In it's prime days it occupied most of these buildings. Each building had it own line- Jeans, Boots, Shirts, etc... We traveled from the gulf coast just to buy the year's school wear at cheaper prices.

Don't let a few photos of old buildings fool you, Lott is still pretty active as it does have some modern businesses as well as a Dairy Queen! - William Beauchamp, August 2009
Lott Texas - Bank building
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Lott Texas - mall
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Lott Texas - Lott Lumber Company
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Lott TX - Carolina Lodge Bldg
Carolina Lodge
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