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Starting out

  The rich soils of the Blackland Prairie and the water provided by Bear Creek attracted settlers in the mid-1850s. The St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railway laid tracks through the area in 1888. The community adopted the name Lavon in honor of Lavon Thompson, the son of E. C. Thompson, who operated the town's post office.

Location

  Lavon is located at 33°1'36"N, 96°26'18"W (33.026795, -96.438467).

  According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.3 kmē), all of it land.

Post Office and Trains

  The Lavon post office was established in 1888.

  The flag stop, on what became the St. Louis Southwestern Railway of Texas in the early 1890s, served as a commercial center for farmers and increased the population of Lavon from an estimated twenty-five in the late 1880s to 300 by 1910.


Through Time

  In 1913 the Richard Royalqv chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolutionqv marked the grave of John Abston, who was buried near Lavon. Abston fought in the battle of King's Mountain during the war and later moved to Texas. The population of Lavon hovered near 200 through the 1930s and 1940s, and in 1940 five businesses served its residents. These population and business figures varied only slightly between 1940 and 1980, despite the construction of Lavon Lake in 1952-53, two miles west of town. The lake did, however, bring boaters, fishermen, and picnickers to replace farmers as the most frequent visitors to the community. In 1980 the newly incorporated Lavon had one business serving 306 residents. In 1990 the population was 303. The population grew to 387 by 2000.

Education

  The Town of Lavon is served by the Community Independent School District.


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Sources: Wikipedia Handbook of Texas Online, s.v. Collin County, Texas Texas Education Agency U.S. Army Corps of Engineers - Lavon Lake Flags of the World Texas Association of Counties Key to the City The Shadowlands

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