King Willow, a rural community three miles east of Emhouse in north central Navarro County, was first settled after the Civil War. It is said to have been named after a large willow tree. A Methodist church was constructed there in the early 1890s, and in 1894 a post office opened. By 1896 the town had Methodist and Methodist Episcopal churches, a corn mill and cotton gin, and an estimated population of fifty-five. In 1907 the Trinity and Brazos Valley Railway bypassed King Willow three miles to the west. Most of the businesses and residents moved to the newly established town of Emhouse on the railroad, and by 1910 King Willow had been abandoned.
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