sidebar menu icon


DORA, TEXAS. Dora is near Elm Creek four miles east of Nolan in east central Nolan County. The community was established in 1877 and is said to have been the first in the county and the site of the first rural school. In 1888 it received a post office, which was named Dora after the daughter of the first postmaster, Edmond S. Collings. In 1891 the Dora school district was established, and by the early 1900s Dora had several churches, various stores, a gin, and a blacksmith shop. The community's population declined after its school merged with the Divide district in 1928. Many of Dora's citizens moved to Nolan. Its post office was discontinued on February 24, 1938, and by 1940 the population of Dora was fifteen. Dora was identified on the 1980 county highway map, which showed a cemetery at the site.

Lelia Jeanette Wade, Our Community: Organization and Development of Nolan County (Sweetwater, Texas, 1960). E. L. Yeats and Hooper Shelton, History of Nolan County (Sweetwater, Texas: Shelton, 1975).
Charles G. Davis

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:

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, Charles G. Davis, "Dora, TX," accessed November 19, 2017,

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Texas AlmanacFor more information about towns and counties including physical features, statistics, weather, maps and much more, visit the Town Database on!