Ovalo

Just South of Tuscola

The town was named for the Spanish word for oval - after the oval-shaped valley which led to Buffalo Gap. The site became a stopover for trail drivers and before them - buffalo hunters.

The town got off to its modern start with the arrival of the The Abilene and Southern Railroad nearby in 1909.

The railroad owned 50% of the town through its townsite company. Lots were up for auction in 1909 and within a year the town was thriving with over 40 businesses. The one-room Bald Eagle School served area children until a new building was constructed in 1910. The school was renamed Ovalo School but during the late 1940s it and other area schools consolidated to become the South Taylor (County) school.

The 1920 population of 200 doubled by the start of the Great Depression. In the late 1980s the population was the same as the 1920 Census of 200 - but with many fewer businesses and buildings.

Updated Jun 30, 2022 9:40:am. Based on information from the North Texas Real Estate Information Systems, Inc. This information is provided for consumers' personal, non-commercial use and may not be used for any purpose other than to identify prospective properties consumers may be interested in purchasing.
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