Patroon, TX

By: Cecil Harper, Jr.

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: June 1, 1995

Patroon is on the banks of Patroon Bayou at the junction of State Highway 87 and Farm Road 2261, seventeen miles southeast of Center in southeastern Shelby County. It was founded just before the Civil War. A post office was established in 1868 with William Duffed as postmaster. In 1884 Patroon had a population of twenty. During the 1890s, however, the farm population in the area increased, and sawmills were established to utilize the abundant timber of the area. By 1896 the community had a hotel, saw and grist mills, a cotton gin, several stores, three churches, a common school, Patroon College, and a population estimated at 150. By 1914 the population was 300. It remained fairly stable through World War II but then began to decline, as the rural population of the county fell and timber supplies diminished. By 1966 the population had dropped to fifteen, and in the early 1970s the post office closed. In 1990 Patroon had a population estimated at fifty-five, a town hall, a sawmill, a church, and two businesses. The population remained the same in 2000.

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

Cecil Harper, Jr., “Patroon, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

June 1, 1995

Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Shelby County
  • Latitude: 31.62295460°
  • Longitude: -93.98102450°
Population Counts
People Year
25 2009