Proud Of East Texas: Malakoff 150th

The city of Malakoff will celebrate its' Sesquicentennial Saturday, April 30th. Although Malakoff was settled in the 1830's, it didn't officially become a city until 1855 when its' post office was built.

Residents at first wanted to name their city either Mitchum or Purdon, but were turned down because those names were in use. The Postmaster had been reading about the Crimean War in Russia and one of the nearby towns was named Malakoff. So he suggested that name and it was accepted.

Malakoff's economy has been determined over the years by cotton, lignite, brick and presently by the popularity of nearby Cedar Creek Lake. Longtime citizens L.C. Smith, Alfred Williams, and Jessie Williams remember earlier days of unpaved streets and segregated schools. They are among the number of citizens helping Mayor Pat Isaacson prepare a historic exhibit for the Malakoff Cornbread Sesquicentennial Celebration.

Joan Hallmark, reporting.