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Groveton in Trinity County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Groveton

 
 
Groveton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, September 18, 2011
1. Groveton Marker
Inscription.  Named for a grove of black jack oak trees, Groveton resulted from the establishment of the Trinity County Lumber Company sawmill in 1882. After the Trinity and Sabine Railroad Company built a sixty-five mile branch line through area forests, the Trinity County Lumber Company bought about 29,000 acres of land from the Trinity and Sabine Timber Company, leaving acreage on either side of the railroad tracks for a town.

The county seat was moved from Pennington to Groveton in 1882. By 1884 the first permanent court house was completed and the town included a barber shop, grocery store, drug store, hotel, boarding house, several saloons, homes, and a school. The city was incorporated on September 29, 1919 and officials were elected.

By 1930 all the timber for miles had been cut; consequently, the sawmill closed December 31, 1930. The once prosperous town of Groveton went into decline. The Civilian Conservation Corps was responsible for road construction and a reforestation program in the 1930s. Through the years Groveton has seen economic booms and hard times, but as the county seat, it has survived to leave a rich heritage.
Groveton Marker image. Click for full size.
By Steve Gustafson, September 18, 2011
2. Groveton Marker
Beside Trinity County Seats marker in front of courthouse.

 
Erected 1991 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 7960.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Horticulture & ForestryRailroads & StreetcarsSettlements & Settlers. In addition, it is included in the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) series list.
 
Location. 31° 3.342′ N, 95° 7.608′ W. Marker is in Groveton, Texas, in Trinity County. Marker is at the intersection of First Street (U.S. 287) and Main Street, on the left when traveling east on First Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 162 W First St, Groveton TX 75845, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 5 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Trinity County Seats (here, next to this marker); Trinity County Courthouse (within shouting distance of this marker); Steele's Academy (approx. 11 miles away); Site of the Town of Sebastopol (approx. 12˝ miles away); Albert Holley House (approx. 12˝ miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Groveton, TX. The Handbook of Texas Online, Texas State Historical Association (Submitted on March 11, 2012, by Bernard Fisher of Mechanicsville, Virginia.) 
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. It was originally submitted on March 11, 2012, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. This page has been viewed 505 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on March 11, 2012, by Steve Gustafson of Lufkin, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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