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NOGALUS PRAIRIE, TEXAS. Nogalus Prairie, also known as Nogallis Prairie, Nogalus, and Prairie View, is a farming community on Farm Road 357 thirteen miles northeast of Groveton in northeastern Trinity County. The community, originally known as Prairie View, was first settled in the 1850s by planters from Georgia and Alabama. In 1858 a post office opened under the name Nogallis Prairie. Local lore suggests that the name originated when two horse thieves were hung from the branch of a large tree; the community became known as "Nogallows," but when the post office was established, the spelling was changed to Nogallis and later to Nogalus. The post office continued to operate intermittently through the early 1860s but was closed in 1868. It reopened in 1894 under the name Nogalus. From about 1900 to 1918 the community had a Methodist church, several stores, a cotton gin, a saw and grist mill, and a Woodmen of the World hall. After World War I it began to decline. Its post office closed in 1920, and by the mid-1930s only a church, a store, and a few families remained. The population was twenty in the mid-1960s; most of the residents earned their livings from farming, ranching, or forestry. In the early 1990s Nogalus Prairie was a dispersed rural community. The reported population in 1990 was forty-one. The population was 109 in 2000.


Patricia B. and Joseph W. Hensley, eds., Trinity County Beginnings (Groveton, Texas: Trinity County Book Committee, 1986).

Christopher Long

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Christopher Long, "NOGALUS PRAIRIE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed December 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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