Dixie is off State Highway 64 just west of Tyler in central Smith County. The settlement had been established by 1906, when William C. Stallings of Dixie became the first county agent in Texas. In 1923 the Dixie Independent School District was established when the Black Fork, Pleasant Retreat, and Enterprise schools were consolidated. From 1928, after their building burned down, until 1930, members of the Pleasant Retreat Methodist Church held services in the school auditorium. They completed a new structure adjoining the Dixie school in 1930, and the two communities shared the facilities. In 1936 the school had twelve teachers and 381 students. It offered classes for all twelve grades. While records also showed that 139 black children lived in the district, they were not enrolled. Dixie also had a church, a cemetery, two businesses, and a large cluster of dwellings.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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