“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Lindale in Smith County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Site of Flora

Site of Flora Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, December 26, 2015
1. Site of Flora Marker
Inscription. James K. Beene settled in this area in 1845 and established a post office called Flora in 1849. John and Delila Austin and their daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Willis Jones, bought adjacent farms in 1850. Flora community grew up around their properties on the Dallas-Shreveport Road. By 1853, James Monroe Luckey had opened Flora's first store and Carmel Baptist Church was organized nearby. The first sale of a town lot in Flora was recorded in 1855. By 1860 the town boasted three doctors, two blacksmiths, a Masonic lodge and three stores. The hardships of the Civil War years brought about the decline of the thriving community. By 1871 all the businesses were gone, the Masonic lodge had moved to Garden Valley, and Flora became a ghost town.
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12385.)
Location. 32° 33.179′ N, 95° 27.692′ W. Marker is in Lindale, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is on Old Mineola Highway (County Route 431) 0.2 miles west of Lem Pool Road (County Route 4119), on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 19616 Old Mineola Highway, Lindale TX 75771, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Duck Creek Soil Erosion Project (approx. mile away); Vial-Fragosa Trail (approx. 2.5 miles away); Flewellen-Thweatt Cemetery (approx. 2.8 miles away); Hubbard Family Cemetery (approx. 3.2 miles away); Camp of the Army of the Republic of Texas (approx. 3.9 miles away); Whisenhunt-Kinzie House (approx. 4 miles away); Sabine Methodist Church (approx. 4.2 miles away); Bethesda Presbyterian Church and Cemetery (approx. 5.9 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Lindale.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 132 times since then and 64 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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