Mayotown, also known as Mayo, was a logging community on the Southern Pacific line near U.S. Highway 59 and thirteen miles northeast of Nacogdoches in northeastern Nacogdoches County. The community developed around a large sawmill complex established in 1907 by the Attoyac River Lumber Company. A post office was established at the site the same year, and by 1914 the community had a company-owned commissary, a doctor's office, a community center known as the "Hall," an open-air station, a boardinghouse for single workers, and other company housing. The post office closed in 1917, and the mill shut down around 1920. The planing mill, however, operated for many years, and as late as 1936 the population of the community was estimated at 500. After World War II the planing mill closed, and most of the residents moved away. A railroad ballast plant operated for a time but later closed. In the early 1990s Mayotown was a dispersed rural community.

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Christopher Long | © TSHA

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Mayotown is classified as a Town

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  • [Mayo]
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