The town of Flora is located in the farming portion of Madison County.  Founded in 1882, Flora was chosen as the site for a depot of the Illinois Central Railroad although it was not chartered and incorporated until 1886.
     Flora's greatest claim to fame is probably its proximity to the Mississippi Petrified Forest, but its history also holds a number of fascinating relics.  Flora was named after Flora Banks Mann, the daughter of Daniel Manns.  The family bought a home in Madison County near what is now Mannsdale.  Later, Flora married William B. Jones.  Who met with J. C. Clarke of the Illinois Central Railway System, and Clarke said, "I have heard of the beautiful Christian character of your wife—as an honor to her we will call this station Flora."
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