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

Omen (Canton) Community

Omen (Canton) Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, January 2, 2016
1. Omen (Canton) Community Marker
Inscription. Promoters Alexander Douglas, Thomas Weatherby, and Mitus White platted the townsite of Canton in 1850 near the junction of two main roads, one leading to the county seat at Tyler. Although the post office was renamed Clopton in 1852 and the name was changed to Troup in 1854, the village continued to be known as Canton for many years. The first store opened in 1852 and soon the community had a tanyard, blacksmith shop, cabinet and wagon shop, hotel, school, several doctors, churches, and a Masonic Lodge. The 1860 census showed 34 households in the town.

When the International & Great Northern Railroad bypassed Canton in the 1870s, many businesses moved away. In 1880 the town and post office adopted the name Omen. For 30 years, Omen was the location of the Summer Hill Select School, a coeducational boarding school directed by A. W. Orr (1849-1924) of Georgia. This highly-regarded institution drew students from all parts of Texas as well as from out of state.

The closing of the post office in 1906 and the school hastened Omen's decline. Oil discoveries during the 1930s revived the community briefly, but with the depression the population dwindled further and Omen became a rural village.
Erected 1978 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7747.)
Omen (Canton) Community Marker image. Click for full size.
By Randal B. Gilbert, January 2, 2016
2. Omen (Canton) Community Marker
32° 13.019′ N, 95° 6.394′ W. Marker is in Troup, Texas, in Smith County. Marker is on Farm to Market Road 345 0.1 miles west of County Road 230, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Troup TX 75789, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Franklin Overton (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Baptist Church of Whitehouse (approx. 6.3 miles away); James Calhoun Hill (approx. 8.9 miles away); Headache Springs, C.S.A. (approx. 11.5 miles away); Colonel Richard B. Hubbard / Governor R. B. Hubbard (approx. 12 miles away); Thomas Glover Pollard, Sr. (approx. 12.8 miles away); Tyler Junior College (approx. 13.2 miles away); Ordnance Plant (approx. 13.9 miles away).
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Randal B. Gilbert of Tyler, Texas. This page has been viewed 100 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. 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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