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    HAWKINS, TEXAS

    Wood County, East Texas
    U.S. Highway 80 and FM 14
    E of Mineola
    W of Longview & Marshall
    20 Miles SE of Quitman
    17 Miles N of Tyler
    Population: 1,331 (2000)

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    Downtown Hawkins
    Photo courtesy Barcly Gibson, 2007

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Although it had been settled sometime before, Hawkins began life with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1873. It was granted a post office the same year The population was 400 by the mid 1880s and the town was thriving with most essential businesses and five general stores. But a few years later the population had declined by half. For the 1890 census the town rebounded with a reported population of 500.

    In 1914 the town once again dropped population down to a mere 150 residents. Once again it rebounded doubling by the mid-1920s and once again reaching 500 by the early 1930s.

    After a Depression population decline to 200, oil was discovered just north of Hawkins and the town experienced a boom. That same year a discovery was made inside the city limits and property values went sky-high.

    The population in the early 1940s was around 1,200 but it lived up to its roller-coaster reputation when it dipped to 493 by the early 50s. It rose and dipped again but has remained about the same since the early 1980s between 1,200 and 1,300 residents.

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    Hawkins Tx - First  United Methodist Church

    First United Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Barcly Gibson, 2007

    Hawkins Tx - First Baptist Church

    First Baptist Church
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