Decoy, TX

By: Christopher Long

Type: General Entry

Published: December 1, 1994


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Decoy was off U.S. Highway 59 near the site later called Fern Lake, six miles south of Nacogdoches in southern Nacogdoches County. It began around 1900 as a flag station on the Houston, East and West Texas Railway and was known variously as Fern and Decoy. When a post office was established there in 1901, the name Decoy was chosen. By 1914 the community had the railway station, a general store, and a school. The settlement apparently declined after World War I, and by the 1930s it no longer appeared on highway maps. In the early 1990s only a few scattered houses remained in the area.

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

Christopher Long, “Decoy, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 18, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/decoy-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994

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