Lane Community, fourteen miles northeast of Canton on State Highway 19 in north central Van Zandt County, was named for early resident Jim Lane, who donated land for a local school that he helped to build by the 1890s. The school, which served as the community center, reached an enrollment of twenty-four in 1906 but burned by 1912. It was moved and consolidated with the Edgewood Independent School District in 1943. The town had no church until the 1930s, when a revival held near the schoolhouse led to the formation of a Church of God. Later, the Methodist church from Small moved to Lane. In 1936 a church, school, and multiple dwellings marked the townsite, but by 1965 only the church remained.
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.
Diana J. Kleiner | © Texas State Historical Association
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