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Nell, TX

John Leffler General Entry

Nell is on Farm Road 882 seventeen miles northeast of Three Rivers in northeastern Live Oak County. The community was probably established when the area was subdivided into farms between 1910 and 1930. A 1936 map showed a school, three businesses, and a few dwellings at the site. For many years the community shared a school with nearby Esseville. By 1965 the school, the cotton gin, and the store had closed; a map dated that year shows only a few scattered residences in the area. In 2000 the population was sixty.

Ervin L. Sparkman, The People's History of Live Oak County (Mesquite, Texas, 1981).


  • Communities

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

John Leffler, “Nell, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 08, 2021,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

May 1, 1995