East Texas


Magnolia, Texas

Magnolia was once known as Mink’s Prairie (in the 1840s). The name was shortened to Mink in 1850, but it wasn’t until 1885 when the town was granted a post office under the name of Mink.

By 1900, the population of the Montgomery County town had swollen to 25 people and two years later, with the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad, tiny Mink moved to the tracks, creating a new town.

The railroad wanted the town to be named Melton, which was too close (in spelling) to Milton, Texas. So to keep things simple, the town was named after the abundant Magnolia trees – and the new post office was so designated in 1903.

reprinted from Texas Escapes | photo by photomajik