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Bulloch History with Roger Allen - Canoe in Bulloch, Emanuel and Candler counties
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Roger Allen

    Note: The following is the seventh in a series of columns that will describe towns and communities, past and present, that were settled after Bulloch County was first settled. Some have since been cut into other counties.

    The railroad depot at Canoe, also known as Canoe Station, was located on what was at that time the border of Emanuel and Bulloch counties, just west of Metter. With Bulloch County's border adjustments, the Canoe community was first lost to Emanuel County and then later became part of Candler County.
    Located just north of the border of Bulloch and Bryan counties and situated between Tomato and Groveland was the settlement of Carlos. Its only postmaster was James N. McElveen.
    Clark was situated north of Portal on what was then known as Pleasant Hill Road. The postmasters there were William P. Brannen and Frank D. Olliff.
    One of the surviving Bulloch County communities, Clito, is located five miles northeast of Statesboro, about halfway to the town of Dover in Effingham County. Originally a depot stop on the Dover and Statesboro Railroad line, it also became a stop on the Fulford Bus Company’s route between Dover and Statesboro.
    The first stores in Clito were owned by the Talon and MacDougald and the Outland and Woodcock companies. There was also a grist mill and turpentine still. At one point, Clito even had its own newspaper, the Clito Clippings.
    The first postmaster there was Benjamin F. Hagan, whose first choice for the new post office's name, Hagan, was rejected. Later, Walter E. MacDougald took over as postmaster of the post office, which was located in his store at that time.
    Colfax, also called Colfax Station by locals, sat on the Savannah, Augusta and Northern Railway line. What remains of the town is located at the intersection of Colfax West Road and Friendship Church Road, north of Statesboro on Highway 80. The town was named after Schuyler Colfax, who was vice-president of the United States from 1867–73. The postmaster there was Jasper N. Akins.
    Cromley was a stop along the Shearwood Railroad, situated south of Statesboro between the towns of Alderman and Brooklet.
    Roger Allen is a local lover of history. He provides a brief look at the area's historical past. Email Roger at

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