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LITTLE INDIANA, TX

LITTLE INDIANA, TEXAS. Little Indiana was a schoolhouse community on a county road east of Farm Road 2225, north of Farm Road 515, and ten miles northwest of Quitman in northwestern Wood County. The community was settled in 1900 by a number of Indiana families who had been drawn by reports of plentiful timber and rich farmland. The area, near what is now the northeast arm of the Lake Fork Reservoir, turned out to be poor farmland that was susceptible to flooding. Many of the families returned to Indiana, but around 1901 those who stayed established a one-teacher school, built from local timber hauled by oxen to the nearby sawmill. Though Little Indiana grew for several years, by 1907 the community had been abandoned because of illness and continuing poor crops. A state historical marker identifies the site.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Claude W. Dooley, comp., Why Stop? (Odessa: Lone Star Legends, 1978; 2d ed., with Betty Dooley and the Texas Historical Commission, Houston: Lone Star, 1985).

Rachel Jenkins

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Rachel Jenkins, "LITTLE INDIANA, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hrlab), accessed August 28, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.