Ladonia, Texas

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Ladonia is a town in Fannin County, Texas, United States. The population was 667 at the 2000 census, and had increased to 691 by 2009.[3]

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History

The area was first settled around 1840 and originally called McCownville but changed to Ladonia in 1857. Ladonia was supposedly named after La Donna Millsay, a singer from Tennessee that entertained in the community. The population grew late in the 19th century when three railroads, the Gulf, Colorado, and Sante Fe. Ladonia became a shipping point for corn, cotton, and grain crops. Because of this, the population rapidly increased to 1,500 in the 1890s and peaked at over 2,000 by the turn of the century. However, Ladonia suffered through the Great Depression. At a population of 1,199 afterwards, it never recovered as continued to drop to 658 in 1990.[4] The population did, however, increase ever so slightly to 667 in 2000 and 691 before the end of the decade.

Geography

Ladonia is located at 33°25′46″N 95°56′48″W / 33.42944°N 95.94667°W / 33.42944; -95.94667 (33.429336, -95.946668)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 667 people, 266 households, and 188 families residing in the town. The population density was 363.5 people per square mile (140.7/km²). There were 316 housing units at an average density of 172.2/sq mi (66.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 70.61% White, 25.34% African American, 0.75% Asian, 1.65% from other races, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.55% of the population.

There were 266 households out of which 28.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were married couples living together, 20.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.3% were non-families. 25.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.97.

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