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New London, Texas

In 1855 with the westward expansion, a post office called London was established and served until 1876. Agriculture was the main source of income. In 1930, the discovery of oil a few miles from the community gave way to the growth of a boomtown, almost overnight. A new post office was established in 1931, but since there was another post office named London in Southwest Texas, New London was chosen.

A tragic school explosion in 1937 killed almost 300 children and teachers. A cenotaph of Texas granite was erected in front of the new school in 1939 in tribute to those who lost their lives in the worst school disaster in U.S. history.

Agriculture, cattle and oil-related business still form the economy.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

London Museum and Tea Room

Located across from the rebuilt school, this small museum recalls the horror of the 1937 school explosion that rocked the nation. Reminders from that day, including clothing, books, and photos, are displayed. A tearoom serves light lunches on weekdays. On Texas 42

New London, TX Museums

Things to do near New London, TX

East Texas Discovery Well

In 1927, Columbus M. "Dad" Joiner believed there was oil in Rusk County. Joiner and an Oklahoma attorney and oil promoter had...

Upshur County Library

Excellent small library provides services to city and surrounding area; includes genealogy department and War of the Rebellio...

Davy Crockett National Forest

Nearest entrance southwest 6 miles on Texas 21....

Cypress Canoe Tours

Marked boat roads, free canoeing lessons, and detailed trail maps allow you to set your own pace through this primeval wonder...

Camp Ford

A historical marker identifies largest prisoner of war compound used for union troops west of the Mississippi. Replica of pri...