The area that became Telico was settled before 1856. It was first called Trinity City, but was renamed in the mid-1850s to Telico after Telico, North Carolina. The town was based on agriculture and had a cotton gin that local farmers used for several decades until they renovated it in the early 2000's to create a wedding venue.
- Clyde Barrow, born near Telico, an outlaw in the team Bonnie and Clyde, who traveled Central United States during the Great Depression in the early 1930s.
- Jason Massey Murderer of two teenagers. His case was later on the popular crime show Forensic Files