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Livingston in Polk County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

"Polk County Enterprise"

"Polk County Enterprise" Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, December 15, 2016
1. "Polk County Enterprise" Marker
Inscription.  Founded in 1882 as "East Texas Pinery" by J.M. and J.C. Stockton. Changed name to "Polk County Enterprise" about 1903. when the office installed first linotype machine (1920), school was dismissed so pupils could watch it operate. Ben Ogletree family and Billy C. Dove, present publishers.
Erected 1970 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 10420.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Communications. A significant historical year for this entry is 1882.
Location. 30° 42.723′ N, 94° 55.919′ W. Marker is in Livingston, Texas, in Polk County. Marker is at the intersection of North Tyler Street and East Polk Street, on the right when traveling north on North Tyler Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Livingston TX 77351, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Livingston Telephone Company (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Livingston Cemetery (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old City Cemetery (about 500 feet away); Central Baptist Church (about 500
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feet away); First State Bank of Livingston (about 600 feet away); Polk County, C.S.A. (about 600 feet away); Polk County Courthouse (about 600 feet away); 1905 Courthouse Annex (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Livingston.
Regarding "Polk County Enterprise". Seventy yeas ago its offices and presses were in the basement of the Polk County Courthouse. Later they built this building and moved here. They're still in publication but located at 100 E Calhoun St now.
"Polk County Enterprise" Building image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, December 15, 2016
2. "Polk County Enterprise" Building
Fain Theater image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, December 15, 2016
3. Fain Theater
Livingston's famed Fain Theater is across the street from this marker. They are closed, so Livingston's had "The Last Picture Show" ( Don't remember that movie either? The previous movie house was the Texan Theater. Mr. Fain built this theater in about 1950 to prevent a competing move house, already in construction, from completing. It worked. I watched many Saturday afternoon cowboy shoot 'um ups here.
Credits. This page was last revised on December 19, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 16, 2016, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 427 times since then and 63 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 16, 2016, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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