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LESLIE, TEXAS. Leslie (Leslie Switch) was at the northeast edge of the site of present Brookshire, twenty-five miles from Hempstead in southern Waller County. The community was founded in 1878 and named for postmaster Robert Hugh Leslie, who also served as a ticket agent for the Texas Western Narrow Gauge Railroad, which ran from Houston to neighboring Pattison. Leslie was a fueling station for the railroad and by 1890 had eighty residents, two churches, a school, three general stores, and a gristmill and gin. When competition from the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad reduced the Texas Western's traffic, Leslie declined. The Leslie post office operated from 1879 until 1893, when a new office opened in nearby Brookshire. The old rail station disappeared.


Mildred W. Abshier et al., Former Post Offices of Waller County (Hempstead, Texas: Waller County Historical Society, 1977). Waller County Historical Survey Committee, A History of Waller County, Texas (Waco: Texian, 1973).

Paul M. Lucko


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

Paul M. Lucko, "LESLIE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed September 01, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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