OILLA, TEXAS. Oilla is on the Southern Pacific line twelve miles east of Beaumont in central Orange County. Ernest Williams and Robert Walles owned the tract and drew up a town plat in 1913, probably naming the town in reference to a recent discovery of oil in central Orange County at the Kishi settlement. The Oilla post office opened in 1913. Though Oilla was the site of the Rush-Daniel Lumber Company and was on the important Texas and New Orleans Railroad, it had a population of only twelve in 1920. By the 1970s, scattered residential development had marked the area.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Robert Wooster, "OILLA, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvo13), accessed February 11, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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