St. Jo, Texas

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Saint Jo is a city in Montague County, Texas, United States. The population was 977 at the 2000 census.



Established in 1856, the city was originally known as Head of Elm, named for its location at the headwaters of the Elm Fork of the Trinity River.

However, there are two conflicting stories regarding how Head of Elm became Saint Jo, both of which involve Joe Howell, who originally laid out the town.

One theory revolves around a Tennessean named Irby Holt Boggess giving leadership in partnership with Joe Howell, in or around 1872. This was displayed in the Stonewall Saloon Museum on the town square of Saint Jo \ in 1986 and is incorporated in a story about Mr. Boggess.

The other theory involves Howell's personal beliefs. Howell was an avid opponent of alcoholic beverage sales, and was thereby given the pejorative nickname of "Saint Jo", which managed to stick to both Howell and the town he founded (which still, as of June 2009, does not permit alcohol sales).


Saint Jo is located at 33°41′41″N 97°31′25″W / 33.69472°N 97.52361°W / 33.69472; -97.52361 (33.694829, -97.523488)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.1 square miles (2.8 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 977 people, 404 households, and 271 families residing in the city. The population density was 911.5 people per square mile (352.5/km²). There were 470 housing units at an average density of 438.5/sq mi (169.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 96.11% White, 0.20% African American, 0.82% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 1.43% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.30% of the population.

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