CARO, TEXAS. Caro is just off State Highway 204 ten miles north of Nacogdoches in north central Nacogdoches County. It was named for José Antonio Caro, who received title to the surrounding land in 1835. The area was settled before the Civil War, but a community did not grow up until the end of the nineteenth century, when the settlement became the center of intensive logging operations. A post office and a school opened in 1904. Around 1906 the Caro Northern Railway linked the town with Mount Enterprise. Caro flourished in the period just before World War I; in 1914 the town had two drugstores, a general store, a physician, a grocer, a large sawmill, and a reported population of 1,300. After the war, however, the sawmill closed and the town began to decline. By the mid-1930s the population fell to 150. The population remained steady through the 1970s, but in the intervening years the school, the post office, and all of the businesses closed. By the early 1990s Caro was a dispersed community. The reported population in 1990 and again in 2000 was 113.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Christopher Long, "Caro, TX," accessed April 29, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlc12.
Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history every day,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles