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KANAWHA, TEXAS

Red River County, East Texas
FM 410
3 Miles S of Kiomatia
25 Miles NE of Paris
29 Miles NW of Clarksville

Population: 149 (since 1968)

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Kanawha Cemetery, Texas
Kanawha Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barcaly Gibson, February 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

Kanawha doesn't seem to have had a name prior to the application for a post office in 1886. A rather homesick postmaster (Dr. Charles Brown) requested that it be named after the Kanawha River back in his boyhood home of West Virginia.

Kanawha had only fifteen people living there in 1920. But ten years later there were 57 residents. The population peaked at 200 from 1940 to 1968, and it has remained at 149 from 1968 to the present.
A barn in Kanawha Texas
Kanawha scene
Photo courtesy Barcaly Gibson, February 2007
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