Talladega was located just south of Larissa on the James Cobb survey. The chronology of the founding of the two towns is a matter of disagreement. One group maintains that Larissa was established because the staunch Presbyterians in the neighborhood disapproved of the sale of whiskey in Talladega. The other holds that when the McKees refused to sell a lot for a saloon in Larissa, Talladega was established to kill it. Whatever their relation may have been, Talladega’s life radiated about its saloon, gambling hall and race-track.
According to tradition, Jesse Duren, the notorious land speculator who promoted the town, offered a lot to any one who would build on it. The population grew rapidly but the rowdy element drove the trade to Larissa. After a brief period of rivalry Talladega gave up the race. By 1852 it had disappeared. – A History of Cherokee County, 1934 by Hattie Joplin Roach
Talledega. The area was first settled by Isaac Killough, his wife, and the families of his four sons and two daughters, who moved there from Talladega County, Alabama, in 1837. The following year, fearing attack because of unrest among the Cherokees living in the vicinity, Killough and his relatives fled to Nacogdoches. Few new settlers arrived until 1846, when a group of immigrants from Tennessee led by Thomas H. McKee moved to the area. According to some sources a small settlement grew up, named in honor of Killough’s home county. During the early 1850s Talladega had the saloon and several stores; the town’s life was said to have revolved around the saloon, a gambling hall, and a racetrack. The population grew rapidly, but the community’s unsavory character caused most of the merchants to move to Larissa, and by 1852 Talladega had been abandoned. In the early 1990s only a few scattered houses remained in the vicinity. Continue Reading Talladega History from the Handbook of Texas Online >>