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History of Mineola, Texas
It’s unclear exactly how the town of Mineola got its name. While some claim a railway official named it after his daughter, Ola, and her BFF, Minnie, others say the name was created by a surveyor who combined his daughter’s name with her friend, Minna. Either way, Mineola has a much nicer ring to it than Sodom, which is what the town was originally called. (You can’t make this stuff up, people. Well, you could, but in Texas, you don’t have to.)
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Tui Snider is an author, speaker, and photographer who specializes in North Texas travel, cemetery symbols, and haunted lore. As she puts it, “I used to write fiction – but then, I moved to Texas!”
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