Flo, TX

By: Dylan Wood

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: January 1, 1995

Flo, also known as Kidd's Mill, Wheelock, Bethlehem, Oneta, New Hope, Oden(s), and Midway, is on Farm roads 1151 and 831 and Wheelock Creek twelve miles northeast of Centerville in central Leon County. There Thaddeus O. Kidd built a combined grist and saw mill and received a post office named Kidd's Mill in 1855; this post office closed in 1868. In 1880 a post office operated briefly as Odens. Another one operated as Oden from 1885 until 1891, when it was given its final name of Flo, after the postmaster's dog. The post office closed sometime after 1930.

The first school in Kidd's Mill was opened before the Civil War. In 1927 a consolidated school was established at Flo. In 1940 a rock-walled school building, called "Flo's Folly" by some, was named Lone Star School and served students all the way from the Midway-Russel area, until it burned and was replaced by a brick building. The remnants of the rock school could still be seen in 1990. As of 1986 the children of Flo were being bussed to Oakwood.

In 1896 the Flo area had a gin and mill, two general stores, a breeder, and one physician. In 1914 the population was sixty, and the town had a gristmill. The community had forty-six residents in 1968–69 and twenty in the mid-1970s. A 1989 map indicates one church and one business. The population in 2000 was still twenty.

Leon County Historical Book Survey Committee, History of Leon County (Dallas: Curtis Media, 1986).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Dylan Wood, “Flo, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 05, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/flo-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995

Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Leon County
Associated Names


Kidd's Mills

Midway 2

New Hope


Oneta 2



  • Latitude: 31.41823290°
  • Longitude: -95.91301490°
Population Counts
People Year
12 2009