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FLANAGAN, TEXAS. Flanagan, four miles northwest of Tatum and twenty-one miles northeast of Henderson in northeastern Rusk County, was named for David Webster Flanagan, Confederate soldier and Republican politician. The community was established in 1882 as a station on the Longview and Sabine Valley Railway. John Kroeger was postmaster when a post office opened there in 1900. That year the population was recorded as fifty, and the community was known as a shipping point for lumber. Although population estimates for the community reached 200 by 1914, its post office was discontinued in 1916. As of 1950 the town had a predominantly black population. The community was not labeled on the 1982 county highway map.


Dorman H. Winfrey, A History of Rusk County (Waco: Texian, 1961).

Megan Biesele


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

Megan Biesele, "FLANAGAN, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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