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NOLAN, TEXAS. Nolan, on Farm Road 126 in east central Nolan County, was established in 1928. It was formed from a consolidation of old Nolan, founded in 1897 five miles west, and Dora, five miles east. Each had stores, gins, churches, a post office (Nolan from 1892, Dora from 1888), and a school. The schools were consolidated and named Divide. The Dora post office closed in 1938. By that time the population in Dora had dwindled to twenty-five, and by the late 1940s the community had ceased to exist. In 1970, 1980, and 1990 Nolan reported a population of 131, and its post office was still functioning. By 2000 the population dropped to forty-seven.


E. L. Yeats and Hooper Shelton, History of Nolan County (Sweetwater, Texas: Shelton, 1975).

William R. Hunt


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

William R. Hunt, "NOLAN, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 13, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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