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BUFFALO, TEXAS

Leon County, Central Texas S
Hwys 79 & 75, and I-45
14 miles N of Centerville
36 miles SW of Palestine
29 miles E of Groesbeck
99 miles SE of Dallas

Population: 1,804 (2000)

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Buffalo Texas downtown
Downtown Buffalo

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
, April 2006

History in a Pecan Shell

Buffalo was named for the once-abundant animals when the International-Great Northern Railroad arrived in 1872. The Buffalo post office was granted four years later. Buffalo's first school was held in a two-story building that later became a community center and later still - a hotel.

The population of Buffalo grew from 200 to 500 from 1890 to 1892. Buffalo incorporated in 1913 when the town comprised an area of four square miles. It was unincorporated in 1917 and later reincorporated.

From a pre-Depression population of 650 in 1929, it fell to 470 by 1931 but grew to 850 by the end of the 1930s. Passenger service was discontinued in 1970.

Buffalo Texas water tower
Buffalo water tower

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, April 2006
Buffalo city hall, Texas
Buffalo City Hall, by the water tower

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, April 2006

From: Random Notes from East Texas by Bob Bowman:

The Holy Oak

Images of Jesus and Mary are always popping up in strange places, such as a tortilla in 1977, a grilled cheese sandwich in 2004, and on a dental X-ray, also in 2004.

But when Timo Bueno, an employee of a construction company, paused for a lunch break on Jimmy Ezellís property at Buffalo in Leon County, he looked up at a limb which had been cut.

There, he saw an image of Jesus in the end of the limb.

Since then, folks have been coming to Buffalo from all over to see the image and Ezell regrets that the end of the limb, which might have contained additional images, was burned.

After all, a ten-year-old sandwich with the Virgin Maryís image recently sold on e-Bay for $28,000.

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