Small Town Downtown: Avalon
The Ellis County Press
AVALON – The Ellis County Press takes a visual and statistical look at some of the towns in Ellis County, with this week starting with Avalon, a town located in the southern part of the county.
Population: None (due to it being a community, not an incorporated city)
Leadership: Avalon ISD school board; Emergency Services District No. 8; Avalon Volunteer Fire Department; Commissioner Bill Dodson (Pct. 2); Justice of the Peace Jackie Miller Jr. (Pct. 2); Constable Terry Nay (Pct. 2)
Avalon is primarily a farming community which still operates one of the few county cotton gins. Prior to the depression and current through today, Avalon and its’ surrounding rural farmland produces much of the cotton output for Ellis County. In fact, for a period of time in the 1930’s, Ellis County was the top producing cotton county in the world, in large part due to Avalon’s output. Avalon has had an established US Post Office since 1937.
The town has both an elementary school and high school. In 2005, Avalon began play in the Texas Six Man Football program. Prior to this time, Avalon had been a basketball rich school, producing some of the finest Class B/1A basketball teams in the 1960s through 1990s.
Avalon has also developed a fine baseball team producing several playoff appearances. In the late 1980s/early 1990s Avalon was at the center of Supercollider project. However, the project failed.