Nolan, on Farm Road 126 in east central Nolan County, was established in 1928. It was formed from a consolidation of old Nolan, founded in 1897 five miles west, and Dora, five miles east. Each had stores, gins, churches, a post office (Nolan from 1892, Dora from 1888), and a school. The schools were consolidated and named Divide. The Dora post office closed in 1938. By that time the population in Dora had dwindled to twenty-five, and by the late 1940s the community had ceased to exist. In 1970, 1980, and 1990 Nolan reported a population of 131, and its post office was still functioning. By 2000 the population dropped to forty-seven.
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