Potosi, Texas

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Potosi is a census-designated place (CDP) in Taylor County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,664 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Abilene, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Potosi is located at 32°20′8″N 99°39′57″W / 32.33556°N 99.66583°W / 32.33556; -99.66583 (32.335615, -99.665777)[3]. It is situated along FM 1750, approximately nine miles south of Abilene in east central Taylor County.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 18.5 square miles (47.8 km²), all of it land.

History

The first settlers in the area were the Pollard family in the 1870s. In 1893, R.A. Pollard applied for a post office and chose the name Potosi after the Mexican city of San Luis Potosí.[4] There were an estimated 100 inhabitants living in the community in 1896. By 1940, there were eighty residents, a school, a church, four businesses, and a number of dwellings. In 1949, Potosi's school consolidated with the Wylie Independent School District.[5]

The population declined to twenty during the 1950s and rose to 149 in 1968. Significant growth in the area, aided its proximity to Abilene, began to occur in the late 1980s and by 1992 there were 1,441 people living in Potosi.[4] That growth has continued to date as new subdivisions are being constructed and expanded along FM 1750, the main route through Potosi. They include Deerwood, Pack Saddle Prairie, Blackhawk Estates, Pack Saddle Farms, Seven Winds, and Pack Saddle Meadows.

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