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VILAS, TEXAS

Bell County, North Central Texas

FM 2268
16 Miles SE of Temple

SE of Belton

Population: Unknown

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History on a Pinhead

Another one of Bell County's Czech settlements, Vilas had a post office operating under the name Povilas (open from 1888-1906). The shortened name was in use by 1890 when the community had three churches and two stores in operation. In 1903 a school had 49 pupils taught by a single teacher. By the 1940s Vilas was down to a mere 25 citizens and only the school was open. By the 60s it had declined to just 10 and current figures would be a guess.

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Vilas TX Bell Co 1904 Postmark
Vilas TX Bell Co 1904 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with 1904 Vilas, Texas postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Bell County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Postal map showing Vilas
(SE of Belton near Milam County line. Below "LL" in "B-E-L-L")

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Vilas, Texas
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