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Huntington in Angelina County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)


Huntington Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, August 25, 2010
1. Huntington Marker
Inscription.  Settlers attempted to form a townsite in this area in the 1890s, but it was not until the arrival of the railroad lines that it attracted a thriving population. Carved from virgin forests in the heyday of the southern pine timber industry and established in 1900, Huntington was named for Collis P. Huntington, chairman of the board of the Southern Pacific Railroad. E.A. Blount and W.J. Townsend, Sr., established a townsite and sold lots at a public auction in June 1900. A post office opened in 1900 with R.D. Chapman as postmaster; the Huntington Common School District was created in 1901. Within a year, A.F. Smith built a sawmill outside town. Lumber and agriculture were the area's economic heart. A Baptist church and a Methodist Episcopal church were established in 1901 and 1902. After the Texas & New Orleans rail line from Beaumont to Dallas was built through Huntington in 1902, a permanent railroad station was erected in 1903.
Huntington became a center for lumber shipping and the town soon prospered. A local telephone exchange was established in 1907. A newspaper, The Huntington Messenger, was succeeded by The Huntington Herald in
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1911. Huntington also had hotels, drugstores, mercantile and grocery stores, a bank, several saloons, blacksmith shops and cotton gins. Several local physicians provided medical services. Highway 30 (later U.S. Highway 69) was completed to the county line in 1924, and area electrical service began in 1927. The McMullen Memorial Library was dedicated in 1953 as a memorial to the nineteen Huntington men who died in World War II. Huntington grew steadily throughout the remainder of the 20th Century and continues to thrive at the dawn of the 21st.
Erected 2000. (Marker Number 11713.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Settlements & Settlers. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1900.
Location. 31° 16.961′ N, 94° 34.458′ W. Marker is in Huntington, Texas, in Angelina County. Marker is on Main Street (Farm to Market Road 1669), on the left when traveling east. In Centennial Park. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Huntington TX 75949, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 9 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Site of the Town of Jonesville (approx. 1.9 miles away); Homer Cemetery (approx. 3˝ miles away); Site of the town of Homer (approx. 3.8 miles away); Lindsey Springs Logging Camp (approx.
Huntington Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Steve Gustafson, August 25, 2010
2. Huntington Marker
7.9 miles away); Southland Paper Mills, Inc. (approx. 7.9 miles away); Ewing (approx. 8 miles away); Fairview School (approx. 8˝ miles away); Whitehouse Cemetery (approx. 8.6 miles away).
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on August 25, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 1,479 times since then and 54 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on August 25, 2010, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.

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