VIDEO: Lott, Texas (pop. 644) has a bright past. Now, these two men are bringing a brighter future to its struggling downtown area.

The town of Lott is in Falls County, Texas.

As of the 2020 census, the population was 644.

It used to be a thriving, growing place, but recent decades have been tough.

Photo of downtown Lott, Texas is by Renelibrary via Wikipedia.

Now, Robert Jones and DeWayne Luster have purchased the downtown strip in Lott, and are fixing the buildings up.

The Texas Townsite Company bought the land in 1889. When the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway was built through the area in 1890, Lott was founded; it was named in honor of Uriah Lott, president of the railroad. A post office was established at the settlement in 1890, with S. J. Crump as postmaster. When the community was incorporated by unanimous vote later that year, its population was estimated at more than 200.

By 1892 Lott had Baptist, Methodist, and Presbyterian churches, two cotton gins and gristmills, a weekly newspaper, and 350 residents. Its population estimates were as high as 1,200 by the end of the 1890s. Lott continued to prosper throughout the first part of the 20th century when the town developed into a well-known speed trap, securing the town’s primary revenue source to the present day.

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