Tomlinson Hill, Texas

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Tomlinson Hill, Texas
Unincorporated community
Gas station and closed restaurant at junction with Highway 7
Gas station and closed restaurant at junction with Highway 7
Tomlinson Hill is located in Texas
Tomlinson Hill
Tomlinson Hill
Tomlinson Hill is located in the US
Tomlinson Hill
Tomlinson Hill
Coordinates: 31°15′57″N 96°59′16″W / 31.26583°N 96.98778°W / 31.26583; -96.98778Coordinates: 31°15′57″N 96°59′16″W / 31.26583°N 96.98778°W / 31.26583; -96.98778
Country  United States of America
State  Texas
County Falls
Population (2000)
 • Total 64
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 76661
Area code(s) 254

Tomlinson Hill is a small unincorporated community in Falls County, Texas, United States.[1] It lies approximately 7½ miles west of Marlin on State Highway 320 and approximately 1½ miles west-southwest of the junction of 320 and State Highway 7.

History[edit]

It was named for James K. Tomlinson, a native of Georgia who settled in the area with his family in the 1850s.[1][2][3] After emancipation, many of Tomlinson's former slaves took his last name.[2][3] Most of the Tomlinsons have since moved from the area, but some remain, and one notable resident returned – the late Oliver Tomlinson, the father of former National Football League (NFL) player LaDainian Tomlinson.[2][3]

The school had fifty-one students in 1933.[1] In the 1940s, there were four businesses, a school, and several houses.[1] By the 1980s, there was only a church and one business.[1] It was also the site of the annual meeting of the Old Settlers and Veterans Association of Falls County.[1] The population was sixty-four in 2000.[1]

In 2012, a documentary featuring a white descendant, Chris Tomlinson, and a black descendant, Loreane Tomlinson, was directed by Lisa Kaselak.[4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Vivian Elizabeth Smyrl, TOMLINSON HILL, TX, The Handbook of Texas Online
  2. ^ a b c Lee Jenkins, Links to Slavery and N.F.L. Star on a Hill in Texas, The New York Times, January 7, 2007
  3. ^ a b c Lee Jenkins, 'A Heritage on a Hill, San Diego Magazine, February 2007, pp. 103-105 [1]
  4. ^ Documentary website
  5. ^ imdb

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