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DOTSON, TEXAS


Panola County, East Texas

CR 164 at the junction with CR 171
˝ Mile W of FM 1971
15 Miles SW of Carthage the county seat
10 Miles NE of Mt. Enterprise
Population: 40 (2000, 1990)

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Dotson TX old schoolhouse or church
Old Schoolhouse or Church?
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2011
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History in a Pecan Shell

Settled sometime before the Civil War, lumber and cotton have historically been the lifeblood of this community. Dotson had a short-lived post office (1915-21) but never came close to breaking a population of 100. The town’s high water mark was reached in the 1930s when it had nine businesses (although the population was given as 20). By the 1950s, it had increased to 50 residents, but by the 1970s it had but a single store. The 1990 and 2000 census reported around 40 people in the area. It has reached the point where it now considered “a dispersed rural community.”

Dotson TX - Gospel Music
"Gospel Music Every Tuesday"
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2011


Dotson TX Dotson Grocery & Feed Store
Dotson Grocery & Feed Store
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2011


Dotson TX Lone Star Feed-Fertilizer sign

Lone Star Feed-Fertilizer sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2011
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Panola County Texas 1920s map
1920s Panola County map showing Dotson
SW of Carthage
From Texas state map #10749
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Dotson, Texas Nearby Towns:
Carthage the county seat
Mt. Enterprise
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