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Little Elm, Community of

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Little Elm, TX, USA

Latitude & Longitude: 33° 9' 47.538", -96° 56' 4.4232"
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    This community is located on land that was part of the original Empresario Grant awarded by the in 1841. Among the earliest colonists in the vicinity to receive land under the Peters grant were John (d. 1846) and Delilah (1806 - 84) King, who moved from North Carolina in 1844 to settle a 640 acre tract about one mile southwest of this site. Their son, C. C. Kit King (1823 - 80), helped organize the first mail service in this area about 1845. When Little Elm Post Office was established in 1852, he was appointed postmaster. Another pioneer resident, William Dickson, was the first elected judge of Denton County, 1848-52. Named for a nearby creek, the community of Little Elm was formed by the consolidation of several small settlements, including Lloyd, Hackberry, Dickson, and Hilltown. As it grew, the town acquired a school, churches, a cotton gin, grocery and drug stores. Further growth accompanied the development of recreational facilities following the creation of Lake Dallas in 1926-26 and Garza-Little Elm Reservoir in the mid-1950s. Construction of the reservoir prompted relocation of many historic structures, roads, and cemeteries, threatened by rising water. The city of Little Elm was incorporated in 1966.

This page last updated: 7/15/2008

Little Elm, Community of Historical Marker Location Map, Texas

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