Voss, Texas

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The only building in Voss, Texas in 1972.

Voss is an unincorporated community in Coleman County, Texas, United States. It lies on Farm to Market Road 503 in the southwestern corner of the county, and as of the 2000 Census had an estimated population of approximately 20.

History[edit]

Founded in 1904 as the headquarters of the Leaday Ranch in Coleman County, Voss was named after William G. Voss, a ranch superintendent who had petitioned for a post office to serve the area.[1] The area was promoted by the landowner, Mabel Doss Day Lea, while she served as lady commissioner of the 1904 World's Fair in St. Louis, Missouri. After the fair, a flood of eager new farmers descended upon the town, living in tents until their homes could be built.[2] By 1946, Voss had several business (including two hotels and a barber shop), a cotton gin, its own school, and was home to over 120 residents. By 1980, however, all of Voss' businesses had closed (with the exception of the post office) and the population had fallen to twenty, a number it maintained through the 1990 and 2000 Census. [3]

Education[edit]

Voss is served by the Panther Creek Consolidated Independent School District.

References[edit]

  1. ^ A History of Coleman County and its People. Judia and Ralph Terry, 1985.
  2. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - LEA, Mabel Doss
  3. ^ Handbook of Texas Online - VOSS, TX

Coordinates: 31°37′16″N 99°33′42″W / 31.62111°N 99.56167°W / 31.62111; -99.56167