Magnolia is on the Missouri Pacific line at the junction of Farm roads 1774 and 1488, twenty miles southwest of Conroe in southwestern Montgomery County. It was first settled in the late 1840s and named Mink's Prairie for one of the early settlers; its name had been shortened to Mink by 1850. On September 3, 1885, a post office was established at Mink with John F. Dobbs as postmaster. The community's population was twenty-five by 1900. In 1902, when the International-Great Northern Railroad built a line through the area, the town moved to its present location. The railroad named it Melton, in honor of Jim Melton, a large landowner in the county, but the United States Post Office confused it with Milton. Consequently it was renamed Magnolia for the magnolia trees in the bottoms of adjacent Mill Creek and granted a post office in 1903.
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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