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History of Lavon

Lavon was settled in the early 1850’s. It’s fertile Blackland Prairie and water from Bear Creek allowed the area to be ideal for farming. After his service in the American Revolutionary War, John Abston and his family settled in the area. John Abston’s military service included participation in the American Revolutionary War Battle of King’s Mountain. John Abston died in 1856 and is the first person to be buried in the Abston (Old Bellew) Cemetery. The Cemetery is now part of the Lake View Cemetery.

St. Louis, Arkansas and Texas Railway laid tracks through the area in 1888. Thompson Switch was the early community settlement name from the first postmaster, Elbert C. Thompson. Later, the community name, Lavon, was adopted in honor of Thompson’s son Lavon “Bud” Thompson who also operated the post office.

The population of Lavon grew to 300 by the 1880’s and Lavon served as a center for commerce and agriculture. In 1946, following the years of the Great Depression, the Collin County Soil Conservation District was formed and planned construction of flood-retarding structures including Lake Lavon. In 1952-53 Lavon Lake was constructed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. With the Lake came boaters, fishermen and visitors to Lavon. In 1980, the newly incorporated City of Lavon had one business and served 306 residents. Today, the City of Lavon is experiencing exciting new growth. Come join this vibrant community.  


Recent News

Jose Luis Garcia Appointed as Director
March 24th 2020 - Kay Wright, President of the Lavon Economic Development Corporation is... read more.

COVID-19 Virus Collin County Judge Declaration
March 24th 2020 - Collin County Judge Hill has issued a declaration dealing with... read more.

Freeport Exemption approved by City Council
September 10th 2019 - The Lavon Economic Development Corporation after careful study and research... read more.

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Lavon, TX 75166
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