Talco, Texas

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Talco is a city in Titus County, Texas, United States. The population was 570 at the 2000 census. The name is derived from a local candy bar.



Two post offices were established near the current site of Talco: Gouldsboro in 1856 and Goolesboro in 1878. Due to name conflict the community changed its name to "Talco" based on the Texas, Arkansas, and Louisiana Candy Company initials on a candy wrapper. In 1912, Talco relocated to be closer to a railroad line.

Oil was discovered in 1936, leading to a big boom in the economy. Talco called itself the "Asphalt capital of the world."


Talco is located at 33°21′44″N 95°6′15″W / 33.36222°N 95.10417°W / 33.36222; -95.10417 (33.362131, -95.104090)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.0 km²), all of it land.

US Route 271 is a major north-south highway through Talco. The community is a mile east of the Franklin County line.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 570 people, 220 households, and 150 families residing in the city. The population density was 743.0 people per square mile (285.8/km²). There were 277 housing units at an average density of 361.1/sq mi (138.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 78.60% White, 12.81% African American, 8.25% from other races, and 0.35% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.16% of the population.

There were 220 households out of which 33.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 13.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.4% were non-families. 28.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.18.

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