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During the era of Mexican rule the Lee County area was part of the Milam District, a region extending from El Paso to the Navasota River. After Texas gained independence, the region was a part of the five adjacent counties, Bastrop, Burleson, Fayette, Milam, and Washington. In 1871 the new town of Giddings was founded, in what was then Washington County. Discussion began about the need for a new county so that residents would not have to travel so far to the county seat. A meeting of citizens from western Burleson and Washington counties and northeastern Bastrop and Fayette counties, held in January 1873, resulted in a resolution calling for the establishment of a new county to be named in honor of Robert E. Lee. The legislature passed the bill 4/14/1874. A boundary dispute, however, began over the western segment of Burleson County, which lawmakers had originally intended to include in a new county called Franklin County, to be formed just north of Lee County. When the Franklin County bill was indefinitely postponed, questions arose about what to do with the territory. The disputed area became part of Lee County May 2, 1874. The new county included portions of Burleson, Washington, Bastrop, and Fayette counties and was bounded on the east by East Yegua Creek and on the southeast by Cedar Creek. The two leading contenders for county seat were Giddings and Lexington. An election was held 6/2/1874 after a heated and bitter campaign. Although Lexington was the older town and was surrounded by better farmland, Giddings won, primarily because it was a railroad town. -Handbook of Texas Online: Lee County

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This list contains or will contain all post offices known from Texas. Noted also are whether recent offices have had at least one precancel type, as listed in the Precancel Stamp Society's Town and Type Catalog of the United States and Territories, Sixth edition, Summer 1998, and from Fosters' personal knowledge. A link is provided to detailed precancel data for that location. The precancel device(s) may or may not still exist. An * indicates a discontinued post office or name change. Pester the active post offices so that devices can be retained or ordered. They may be found many times, but only have to be thrown away once. Precancel devices are not usually issued to branches, stations or contract post offices. Please see plans page for color legend.



Post OfficeZip / *Establishedfirst pre-
cancels autho-
rized
DiscontinuedNotes
DIME BOX77853 noneoperating 
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GIDDINGS78942 yesoperating 
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Grassyville 5/31/1877: Wheat 7/17/1879: Wheatestablished in Lee County, into Bastrop County
" (1879)in Bastrop County
"*2/25/1880: Wheat 7/19/1887: Wheatfrom Bastrop County, back to Bastrop County
" (1887-1906) *in Bastrop County
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String Prairie * (1849-1853)in Burleson County, name changed to Lexington
Lexington (1853-1861)in Burleson County, name changed from String Prairie
" (1861-1866)Confederate administration in Burleson County
" (1866-1874)in Burleson County
LEXINGTON789475/2/1874yesoperatingfrom Burleson County when Lee County organized
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LINCOLN78948 noneoperating 
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Serbin (1860-1861)in Bastrop County
" (1861-1866)Confederate administration in Bastrop County
" (1866-1874)in Bastrop County
"*5/2/1874: HTO or 8/31/1874: Wheat PM appt 12/31/1909: Wheat, Schmidtfrom Bastrop County when Lee County organized, discontinued, mail to Giddings
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