Algoa, Texas

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Algoa, Texas
Unincorporated community
Location of Algoa, Texas
Location of Algoa, Texas
Coordinates: 29°24′09″N 95°10′10″W / 29.40250°N 95.16944°W / 29.40250; -95.16944
Country United States
State Texas
County Galveston
Settled 1880
Elevation 33 ft (10 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 125
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 77511
Area code(s) 281, 409
GNIS feature ID 1329358[1]

Algoa is an unincorporated community in Galveston County, Texas, United States. The population was 125 according to the 2000 census.[2][3]

History[edit]

Algoa, Texas townsite marker.

The town was founded in 1880 on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway and originally named Hughes. In 1893 telephone service was installed in the area, and in 1897 a post office was opened under the name Algoa.[2]

Primarily an agricultural community, early crops consisted of mainly pears, satsumas, strawberries, and figs that were then sold in nearby Galveston.[4] Later, in the early 1900s, many farmers switched over to rice and dairy farming, as they were more profitable and stable commodities.[2]

Education[edit]

Algoa students are zoned to schools in the Santa Fe Independent School District.

Postal services[edit]

The Algoa post office closed in 1972.[4] Mail service is handled by the nearby Alvin and Santa Fe post offices. Algoa uses Alvin, Texas zip code, 77511.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ a b c Algoa, Texas from the Handbook of Texas Online
  3. ^ http://geonames.usgs.gov/pls/gnispublic/f?p=gnispq:3:::NO::P3_FID:1329358 GNIS Detail - Algoa, TX
  4. ^ a b "Algoa, Texas". Galveston County Historical Museum Website. Retrieved 2010-09-02. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 29°24′09″N 95°10′10″W / 29.40250°N 95.16944°W / 29.40250; -95.16944