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Leon County cities:  Buffalo, Centerville, Jewett, Leona, Marquez, Normangee, Oakwood

History of Leon County

Sculpture from Art TrailThe legislature of the Republic of Texas authorized Leon County in 1846 from part of Robertson County, and named it in honor of Martin de Leon, the founder of Victoria, Texas. However, local tradition holds that it is named for a yellow wolf of the region commonly called the leon ("lion" in Spanish). The county was organized that same year with its first county seat at Leona. In 1851 the county seat was moved to Centerville since Leona was in the far southern part of the county.

Anderson House - Leon CountyThe 1886 Leon County Courthouse was designed by architect George Edwin Dickey of Houston, incorporating remnants of an earlier 1858 courthouse that was destroyed by fire. The courthouse was rededicated on July 1, 2007 following a full restoration to a 1909 date (ref. from Texas Historical Commission).

2014 Board of Directors
Dianne Ryder - President
Jimmy Hill - Vice President
Jeanette Hurley - Secretary
Norma Anthis - Treasurer
Brenda Walker - Director
Emma Bass - Director
Ken Jones - Director

The purpose of this Corporation shall be to function and to endeavor to promote Economic Development through mutual interested members, enhance the quality of life, and sustain existing business and attract new business.

The fiscal year for the Leon County Economic Development Association starts January 1 and ends December 31 of each year. Regular meetings are held each quarter in different cities of Leon County.

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Contact: Norma Anthis

Telephone: 903-626-6678

Fax: 903-626-7228

Email: lceda2011@yahoo.com

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Updated August 16, 2012

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Photography of Courthouse Courtesy Centerville Chamber of Commerce