(Excerpted from "THE EAST TEXAS SUNDAY DRIVE BOOK" by Bob Bowman)|
largely in Panola County, this Sunday Drive will provide you with some of the
flavor of East Texas' country and western music, a look at a ghost town, a stop
at an old railroad depot, and a drive through the beautiful pine and hardwood
forests along the Sabine River.
your Sunday Drive at Carthage, the county seat of Panola County (Panola means
cotton in Indian), where Potlatch, a festival of arts, crafts and country foods
is held every October.
Carthage... became the county seat in l884 when
Jonathan Anderson donated 100 acres for the townsite.
[A] block off the town square... you'll find a good collection of quaint shops
as well as the Heritage Museum, located in a restored bank building, and
the Panola County Historical Museum, located in the old county jail... more
of the 1885 Panola County courthouse. Photo by Terry
Panola County Courthouse|
One of the worst architectural errors in judgement occurred in Panola County in
1956. The 1885 courthouse was replaced with the 1953 structure in use today.
Panola County Courthouse
Museum: In the old Panola County Jail on North Shelby StreetJim
Reeves Memorial: On Hwy 79, 3 miles east of town
Ritter Museum: 300 W. Panola
County Heritage Museum: 100 East Sabine Street
Murvaul - 15 miles west of Carthage on Murvaul Bayou.
in a Pecan Shell
(A timeline of significant events)
1846: Panola County is organized
– the town of Pulaski was made temporary county seat.
is named seat for its central location. Named for Carthage, Mississippi.
Post office was established and a log courthouse was built
courthouse was completed
1874: Carthage is incorporated – although
it needed to be reincorporated in 1902 and again after that
courthouse is built
1888: Texas, Sabine Valley and Northwestern Railroad arrives
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