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The original town was a mile east of the present
site. The Lewis family of Georgia settled here around 1849. The original site
being a mile east of present-day Minden.
A post office was granted in
1850, with the name suggested by H. W. Watson, after his hometown in Louisiana.
Minden was on the old Nacogdoches to Marshall
stageline, so success seemed assured. In 1860 the community had a store, school
In the 1880s G. I. Watkins opened a private school (The Rock
Hill Institute) and by the middle of that decade the population was estimated
to be 50 residents.
In the 1890s, Minden had a respectable 155 citizens
as well as its own newspaper. The population was close to doubling in the 1890s
but the 1900 census recorded only 223 residents.
It briefly rose to 250
residents in the mid 1940s, but fell to just 125 Mindenites for the 50s and 60s.
In the late 60s it reached 350 people – which continues through the year 2010.
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