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In 1990, the
population was 761 as the city limit signs currently proclaim.There have
been several books published on Ladonia history. One is titled
Ladonia: The Town and Its People published in 1991 & compiled by
Burleson. The second
book is titled
Community Affair: 1836 Toward 2000 Ladonia
published in 1993 by
the Ladonia Historical
Committee (Elizabeth Mason,
Jewel Parsons, Rev.
Louise Welch,& Muriel Burleson.)
A third booklet is
available currently - it is a copy of
the submission to the
State of Texas for a historical marker recognition for the town. Contact
the LHPS at PO Box 1,
to purchase a copy.
Proceeds from the sale of the book are being used for the foundry fees
(making the marker) and local beautification projects.
Another history book
on Ladonia is now available.
the Fannin Books available list.
General info on Ladonia
- one can take these as positives or negatives...
Ladonia received a state marker as a historical site in 1998.
The town population is ~761.
It's about 50 miles to Sherman or Mckinney. It's about 65 miles to Mesquite/Garland.It's
about 25 miles to Greenville or Paris.But, unless
you have a need to
get on LBJ,the drive into Dallas is pretty stress-free.
No "full service" grocers in town - one must drive to Commerce (12 miles
SE),Honey Grove (10 miles N), or Wolfe City(10 miles S) to do any "real"
grocery shopping (if you've been a big city dweller & are spoiled
to certain products not carried by small
town convenience stores)
Ladonia is "wet" & there are 3 stores in town that sell liquor &/or
beer - it is one of three in town - this may be a positive to some, negative
Churches in town include: Methodist, Church of Christ, & Baptist, other
denominations can be found in nearby towns . Town water is on an artisian
well - it's normal temp in some homes unless there has been really
high water usage in town;in other parts of town cold taps produce hot water
so many locals use their hot water heater as a cold water reservoir during
the warm months Texas A&M at Commerce is about 14 miles
south & Paris Junior College is
about 26 miles NE.
Major industry in town is a beef packing plant on
the east side of town
(house is on the west side),kenaf & cotton, & a label company.
There is a new clinic in town on the square -where Bill Burns tractor parts
place used to be located. Hospitals are located winin a 30 mile radius
in Greenville, Bonham, & Paris.
The average age in town seems to be in the late
40's - early 50's....
The school district is FanninDel - the elementary school is in Pecan Gap
& the Middle/High School is in Ladonia - in the late 1990's,the average
number of students for the district was ~250....
Lots of old houses & there is a slow but steady refurbishment in process
on the town square... There is a municipal airport
in Commerce on SH 50 (about 10 miles south of town) & there is supposedly
an airport in Paris (about 26 miles NE).
There is also an airport
in Greenville which is 26 miles south .
Unless operations have
changed, none of these three airports have any commercial customers like
AA, Delta, SW, etcetera....It's mostly cropdusters, Pipers, and other small
1-4 person aircraft. For flights with major airlines, one needs to
go to DFW (90 miles SW ). Ladonia is on the Texas Lakes Trail (a
number of Texas lakes that are grouped together for touristy appeal.)
One of most popular recreational activities is fossil & arrowhead hunting
in the North Sulphur River about a mile north
of town on HWY 50 going toward Honey
Grove.Hunting is generally best after a
good rain. The largest
mammoth ever found (which is at the Dallas Museum of Natural history
being cleaned & put together right now) was found in the river. Another
popular recreational pastime is antiquing at estate sales, auctions &
the many local antique shops in Northeast Texas.
the Country of Ladonia in Europe.
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