Duff, eleven miles south of Center in south central Shelby County, was a flag stop on the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railway and, for a brief period in 1907, the site of a post office. Residents of the area boarded the passenger train at Duff as it passed on its route from Longview to Beaumont. It was also a place where hoboes caught freight trains as they slowed to check for the signal to stop. By 1974 the flag stop had been abandoned.

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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