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Lindale, Texas, in Smith County, was founded in 1871 along the Missouri Pacific Railroad. When the post office opened there in 1873, it was named Lyndale. In 1874, the name was changed to its current spelling, and in 1875, the new International-Great Northern Railroad was established in town. By that time, there was a cotton gin, a gristmill, seven general stores, two grocery stores, two drugstores, a hotel, doctor, undertaker, and a gunsmith as well as schools and churches. The town was incorporated in 1905, and in 1996, the city made national news when school board banned 32 books from its schools, including “To Kill a Mockingbird,” announcing that they “conflict with the values of the community.” Lindale has been home to numerous religious ministries, including David Wilkerson’s Teen Challenge, Keith Green’s Last Days Ministries, and Mercy Ships.

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