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WOODBINE, TEXAS

Cooke County, North Central Texas

FM 678 and FM 3164
8 Miles SE of Gainesville
Population: 0246 (1990)

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Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Settlement began in the mid 1840s, however it wasn’t until twenty years later when R. C. Nelson, became the first permanent resident. Nelson built two miles north of present-day Woodbine.

W. H. Mitchell opened a store here in 1876 on property he donated for the community. The Denison and Pacific Railroad arrived in 1879 and the community that had been called “Mineola” was renamed Woodbine for the abundant vines in the region.

Woodbine was granted its own post office in 1879 which lasted until it was closed sometime during the Great Depression. Woodbine had a depot built, and as the first community in the county with rail service, it prospered. By 1900 Woodbine’s population was just over one hundred, a respectable figure for a small town back then.

The population remained at around 100, but by the 1940 census it had declined by half.

There was no growth and the town was hurt by its proximity to Gainesville. By 1950, Woodbine was down to a mere 20 residents.

But in the late 1960s, the closeness to Gainesville paid off and people started moving in. It hit 248 in the late 60s and remained there for the 1990 census.
Approaching Woodbine
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2010
Photographer's Note:

Subject: Woodbine, Cooke County

A small crossroads community SE of Gainesville .
All three of the businesses are shown, although I'm not sure one of them is operating.

The school apparently serves several communities, as Callisburg is about 6-7 miles north of this complex. - Mike Price, April 05, 2010
Woodbine Community Hall
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2010
Cowboy Silhouette
Photo courtesy Mike Price, 2010
Cooke County 1920s map showig woodbine, E of Gainesville
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Woodbine, Texas
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