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IAGO, TEXAS

Raising Cane in a town named after a villain
Wharton County,
Central Texas South
FM 1301 & FM 1096
12 miles East of Wharton
2 miles NW of Boling
73 miles SW of Houston via US 59

Population 56

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Iago Texas landscape Pumpjack in Iago Texas
Left - The green fields and blue skies of Iago
Right - Pumpjack in the lush landscape of Wharton County
TE Photo 2000

History in a Pecan Shell

In the beginning was cane and it throve. The sugar-bearing variety was introduced and then came the plantations, although nothing on the scale of the Louisiana estates. Then came a blight and the Civil War and each threw a wet blanket on Iago's early days. It didn't bother too many people since there weren't many people living there to begin with.

The land was pretty much abandoned until the railroad came through about the turn of the century. Clarence D. Kemp had started a store in the 1880s and opened a post office there that ran from 1891 to 1900. He sold stamps and groceries to the few people who still lived in the area.

In 1911 Kemp sold some land to G.C. Mick who surveyed the land and laid out a town plat. A school came about in 1902 because who (besides Louisiana) wants a bunch of ignorant children running around a sugar cane field? The 20s were Iago's salad days (they diversified from sugar cane) with a blacksmith, drugstore, barber and several groceries and mercantile stores making an appearance.

We didn't mention churches in the last paragraph because there was just one. It might have been called the First Federated Church of Iago, for it was used by four different religious groups who would take turns using the building. They drilled an oil well in the churchyard, which must've really annoyed the sermon-givers, but the money was welcome and paid off the church.

John Troesser

We would enjoy hearing from any readers who have stories of syrup making, cane-raising, oil drilling, snakebites or any other stories relevant to growing up in Iago. Please contact us.

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