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DIKE, TEXAS

Hopkins County, East Texas
FM 69
7 miles N of I-30
10 miles NE of Sulphur Springs
Population: 170 est. (since 1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Formerly called Booneville, after you-know-who supposedly visited the area, the townfolk changed the name to Dike after finding out there was already another Booneville in Texas.

The first postmaster was Isaac Rhodes who was sworn in on October 23, 1890. Rhodes was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison. This act might be regarded as a milestone in Harrison's rather lackluster presidency.

It was Bud Sheppard who suggested the name of Dike - after Dike, Iowa.


Source: Little Towns of Texas, Jayroe Publishing, Jacksonville, Texas, 1981.
Texas - 1920s Hopkins  County  map
1920s Hopkins County map showing Dike
(Above "N" in "HOPKINS")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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