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FLO, TEXAS

Named after the Postmaster's Dog

Leon County, Central Texas S
FM 1151 and FM 831
On Wheelock Creek
12 miles NE of Centerville
130 miles N of Houston
Population: 20 (1990)

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Flo Texas - old gas station
An old gas station in Flo
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006

History in a Pecan Shell

The tiny town of Flo has had nearly as many names as it does current residents. It has been known as Kidd's Mill (after gristmill and sawmill owner Thaddeus O. Kidd), Wheelock, Bethlehem, Oneta, New Hope, Oden(s), and Midway. A post office named Kidd's Mill was in operation from 1855 through 1868.

A post office operated briefly as Odens in 1880 and another as Oden from 1885 until 1891. Fed up with confusion, the postmaster settled the matter by submitting the name of his dog for the new post office - which became the town's final post office sometime after 1930.

The community's first school was teaching children before the Civil War and in 1940 a rock school named Lone Star was built. The rock school burned and was replaced by a brick building. Since the mid 1980s children from Flo have been bussed to Oakwood.

In 1914 the population of Flo was 60 and by the late 1960s it was down to 46. A few years later it had declined to a mere 20 - the number still given today.

Flo Texas - Lone Star Community Center
Lone Stat Community Center
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2006
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