Additional rail lines soon connected to Mineola, which experienced impressive growth. The rail brought new residents, including a number of immigrant families, and made Mineola a shipping center for agricultural Wood County. The growth sparked the establishment of various institutions, including a newspaper, the Mineola Monitor; churches, beginning with St. Paul's Baptist Church in 1871; a city cemetery, founded in 1873; a school system started in 1875 and becoming public in 1881; and First National Bank, which organized in 1898. An 1888 fire destroyed 18 buildings downtown, but the community quickly recovered.
In 1996, Amtrak revived passenger service to Mineola, restoring the town's bond with rail. Today, Mineola continues to be a leading community in Wood County and east Texas.
Erected 2008 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 14536.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Railroads & Streetcars • Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical year for this entry is 1873.
Location. 32° 39.741′ N, 95° 29.349′ W. Marker is in Mineola, Texas, in Wood County. Marker is on Commerce Street east of South Johnson Street, on the right when traveling east. Along parking lot fence next to the RR tracks. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Commerce Street, Mineola TX 75773, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Railroads in Mineola (within shouting distance of this marker); Saloons in Mineola (within shouting distance of
Also see . . . Texas State Historical Association on Mineola, Texas. (Submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 6, 2019. It was originally submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. This page has been viewed 259 times since then and 100 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on September 5, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. 4, 5. submitted on September 6, 2019, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.