Fredonia, Mason County, Texas

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Fredonia, Texas
Unincorporated community
Fredonia, Texas is located in Texas
Fredonia, Texas
Fredonia, Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 30°55′56″N 99°06′48″W / 30.93222°N 99.11333°W / 30.93222; -99.11333Coordinates: 30°55′56″N 99°06′48″W / 30.93222°N 99.11333°W / 30.93222; -99.11333
Country United States
State Texas
County Mason
Elevation 1,657 ft (505 m)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76842
Area code(s) 325
FIPS code 48-27372[1]
GNIS feature ID 1357701[2]

Fredonia is an unincorporated community in Mason County, Texas, United States. The community is located near the county line of Mason and San Saba counties, where State Highway 71 intersects with Farm to Market Road 386. Although it is unincorporated, Fredonia has a post office, with the ZIP code of 76842.[3]

Beginnings[edit]

Jack and Caroline Lathum and Chaney and Isabella Couch are the earliest known settlers to arrive near Deer Creek in San Saba County in the 1850s. The original school was named Hayes and Lathum School, but the residents petitioned the county to rename it Deer Creek school. This caused the community to be reorganized as Deer Creek, in order for the school to be renamed in 1878.[4]

Post office[edit]

A conflict arose over the naming of the post office as Deerton.[5] A different community named Deerton had been granted a post office on March 17, 1879, and Samuel Hayes was appointed as postmaster.[6] In 1880, the settlers of Deer Creek moved two miles inside the Mason County line, and renamed their settlement Fredonia. William Kniveton was the first postmaster when Fredonia was granted a post office on March 20, 1880.[7]

As Fredonia[edit]

Fredonia had a grist mill, a stage stop, and a coop store run by The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry.[8] A blacksmith shop, churches, and a community newspaper were established. The newspaper Kicker was bought out by the Mason County News in 1910. Fredonia received its first telephone line in 1914, and a gasoline filling station with the popularity of the automobile. The population has gradually declined as the small land holders sold out to larger ones.[4]

See also[edit]

Spy Rock

References[edit]

  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Zip Code Lookup
  4. ^ a b Rhoades, Alice J. "TSHA-Fredonia, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  5. ^ "Escapes-Fredonia, Texas". Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  6. ^ "San Saba County Post Offices". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Mason County Post Offices". Jim Wheat. Retrieved 23 February 2011. 
  8. ^ Smith, Ralph A. "Grange". Handbook of Texas Online. Texas State Historical Association. Retrieved 23 February 2011.