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.
Subject: Lott TX
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
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!
Beauchamp, August 2009
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