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Milam County, Texas - Communities

Marak is located on Farm Road 2269, about 6-miles from Cameron in northwest Milam County.

It was founded in the early 1880s and named after Franti_ek (Frank) Marak, a Moravian Czech immigrant who moved to the area from Fayette County. Marak is primarily a Czech community and is the center of a Catholic parish.

The community consists mainly of farms scattered around the church and cemeteries. Like other rural areas in the state this part of Milam County suffered a decline in population as the children of farmers moved to town. In the 1970s, however, the trend was reversed as townsfolk built homes in the countryside. In the early 1980s the parish had 100 families.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: Lelia M. Batte, History of Milam County, Texas (San Antonio: Naylor, 1956); Milam County Heritage Preservation Soc., Matchless Milam: History of Milam County (Dallas: Taylor, 1984); The Czech Texans (San Antonio: Univ. of Texas Institute of Texan Cultures, 1972); National Alliance of Bohemian Catholics of America, History of the Czech-Moravian Catholic Communities of Texas (Waco: Texian Press, 1974; trans. by V. A. Svrcek of Na_e Dejiny [Granger, Texas: Na_inec, 1939]); Handbook of Texas On-Line

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Created on 15 Feb 2001 and last revised on 4 March 2003.