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CHEROKEE COUNTY, TEXAS

31 50' 24" N, 95 10' 12" W (31.84, -95.17)
Population: 51,668 Est. (2016) 50,845 (2010)
Total area: 1,062 square miles (2,750 km2)
1,053 square miles (2,730 km2) land
9.3 square miles (24 km2) water

Cherokee County Topics

  • History
  • Town List
  • Vintage Maps
  • Cherokee County TX
    Contiguous Counties:
    Smith County (N) Rusk County (NE, E) Nacogdoches County (E, SE) Angelina County (SE) Houston County (SW) Anderson County (W) Henderson County (NW)

    Cherokee County History

    (Historical Marker on Courthouse Square in Rusk):

    CHEROKEE COUNTY

    Cherokee County has a rich and varied history. Spanish and French explorers of the seventeenth century found Tejas and Hasinai Indians living in this area, and Spanish missions were established in the region. Driven out of the United States, the Cherokee Indians migrated to this area about 1822, and were here at the time of early Anglo-American colonization in the 1820s and 1830s. Under the administration of Republic of Texas President Mirabeau B.Lamar, the Cherokee were expelled from area in 1839.

    Following formal creation of Cherokee County from Nacogdoches County in 1846, settlement of the area increased rapidly. Family farms and towns soon sprung up throughout the county. The building of roads and the advancement of railroads and river navigation contributed further to settlement. The chief economic base of the county from its beginning, agriculture remained a vital force as industrialization and business interests developed. The establishment of schools and churches formed the basis for the area's social history. Cherokee County has been the birthplace of two Texas governors, one governor of Wyoming and one Speaker of the Texas House of Representatives.

    1986

    Cherokee County Courthouse
    Texas - Cherokee County Courthouse
    Cherokee County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Cherokee County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Rusk
    Book Area Hotel - Jacksonville Hotels
  • Alto
  • Atoy ghost town
  • Bulah ghost town
  • Cuney
  • Dialville ghost town
  • Earl
  • Earle's Chapel ghost town
  • Fastrill - [See also Rusk trip]
  • Gallatin
  • Gent ghost town
  • Gould ghost town
  • Griffin
  • Holcomb Store ghost town
  • Ironton
  • Jacksonville
  • Java ghost town
  • Larissa ghost town
  • Linwood ghost town
  • Lone Star ghost town
  • Manila ghost town
  • Maydelle
  • Mixon ghost town
  • Mount Selman
  • New Birmingham - [See also Rusk trip] ghost town
  • New Summerfield
  • Pine Town ghost town
  • Ponta
  • Reese
  • Reklaw
  • Rusk County Seat - [See also Rusk trip]
  • Tecula ghost town
  • Turney
  • Weeping Mary
  • Wells

  • Cherokee County Vintage Maps
    Cherokee County Texas  1907 postal map
    Cherokee County 1907 postal map
    From Texas state map #2090
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Cherokee County Texas 1920s map
    Cherokee County 1920s map
    From Texas state map #10749
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Cherokee County Texas 1940s map
    Cherokee County 1940s map
    From Texas state map #4335
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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