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Home to Stephen F. Austin State University

Nacogdoches County
Seat, East Texas

31°36'32"N 94°39'3"W (31.608855, -94.650862)

US 59, Hwy 7 and 21
50 miles W of the Sabine River
66 miles S of Longview
92 miles S of Jefferson
20 miles N of Lufkin
100 miles N of Beaumont
139 miles NE of Houston
159 miles SE of Dallas via I-20
ZIP codes 75961-75965
Area code 936
Population: 32,147 (2020)
32,996 (2010) 29,914 (2000) 30,872 (1990)

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Nacogdoches TX Downtown
Downtown Nacogdoches
Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2011

Nacogdoches County was organized in 1837. Both city and county were named after the Nacogdoches Indians.

Nacogdoches, Texas
History & People

1936 Texas Centennial Marker:


Home of the Nacogdoches Indians in the 17th century. Spanish settlements, 1716. Alternately settled and abandoned in 18th century due to French encroachments. Scene of the Fredonian Rebellion in 1827. Organized a municipality, 1839 under the Mexican government. Created a county March 17, 1836; organized May 24, 1837. Nacogdoches established 1779, became the county seat in 1836.

  • The Oldest Town in Texas? by Bob Bowman

  • The Old Stone Fort by Archie P. McDonald
    Y'Barbo's Stone House hosted meetings of the Nacogdoches Committee of Public Safety and the selection of representatives to the conventions and the Consultation during the Texas Revolution and it witnessed the Battle of Nacogdoches in 1832.

  • Stone Fort Bank by Archie P. McDonald
    The Stone Fort Bank of Nacogdoches won its charter on February 14, 1903, and 100 years later, is still a familiar landmark in downtown Nacogdoches.

  • Trammel's Trace by Clay Coppedge
    Trammel's Trace started (or ended) at what is now East Main Street in Nacogdoches and took North Street through what is now Mount Enterprise, then north between current Rusk and Panola Counties and across the Sabine River near Tatum. From there the road jogged north through Marshall and Jefferson, crossing the Sulphur River at Stephenson's and Epperson's Ferry.

  • A Story of Two Veterans: They Didn't Take the War Personally by Mike Cox
    Nacogdoches’ Oak Grove Cemetery is one of the oldest and most historical graveyards in Texas, but one of its better stories has hardly been told.

  • The First Millionaire by Bob Bowman
    Texas’ first likely millionaire wasn’t from Dallas or Houston. He came from East Texas--and he didn’t make his money from oil. Frost Thorn, an early storekeeper from Nacogdoches, had a worth of more than a million dollars after Texas won its independence from Mexico in 1836...

  • "Ten-Gallon Hats / Pint-Sized Brains"
    Otis P. Driftwood recalls Nacogdoches
    by Mike Cox
    A runaway mule in Nacogdoches helped change American entertainment history.

  • Marx Brothers by Clay Coppedge
    The Marx Brothers weren’t funny at all until they came to Texas...

  • The Chief's Sons by Bob Bowman
    Natchitoches and Nacogdoches

  • SFASU by Archie P. McDonald
    "Twenty-three Reasons Why The Stephen F. Austin State Normal Ought to be Located at Nacogdoches."

  • Chief Executives by Archie P. McDonald
    "East Texas has produced its share of prominent personages in entertainment, business, medicine, and other professions but prominent political figures have tended to call other sections of the state their home, especially in the last half century. It started out differently."

  • WACs by Archie P. McDonald
    Women's Army Corps "saved Stephen F. Austin State College."

  • The Arthur Temple School of Forestry by Archie P. McDonald

  • James Harper Starr by Archie P. McDonald

  • Albert Thomas by Archie P. McDonald
    One of the most famous photos ever made shows Lyndon B. Johnson taking the oath as president aboard Air Force One shortly after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. In the photo, a tall, trim man wearing a bow tie bends in to get a better view of President Johnson and Justice Sarah Hughes, who administered the oath. That man was Albert Thomas, who represented the Eighth Congressional District—essentially, Harris County and Houston—in Congress for fifteen terms.
    Thomas was born in Nacogdoches on April 12, 1898....

  • The Millard Sorghum Silo of Nacogdoches by Robert Rand Russell
    That old red brick silo, sound and plumb as it was in 1915 due to the Old World craftsmanship of John "Dutch" Heaberlin and the enterprising Jesse Millard, Sr., prevails as a witness of East Texas history and prosperity... Another landmark casting a shadow. Now this one also shines with a story...

  • Disturbance of 1832 (the Battle of Nacogdoches) by Archie P. McDonald

  • Dón Antonio Gil y' Barbo: Latter-Day Moses by Archie P. McDonald
    It is impossible to overstate the importance of Y'Barbo to the founding of Nacogdoches. He built a "casa piedras," or Stone House, on Plaza Principal, and a separate residence. The Stone House, though always private property, became the seat of government and town gathering. Y'Barbo "fathered" Nacogdoches.

  • Lyne Taliaferro Barret by Archie P. McDonald
    Few East Texans remember Lyne Taliaferro Barret, but they should: Barret drilled the first oil well in Texas.

  • William Goyens by Archie P. McDonald
    This is the story of a free black man who lived and thrived in Nacogdoches during the days of slavery.

  • The Lone Star Brand by Archie P. McDonald
    Many things in Texas -- especially East Texas -- began in Nacogdoches, and Texas Farm Products, known for its familiar logo that features a Lone Star within ring inside a triangle, is one of them.

  • Adah Isaccs Menken: The lady on the Horse by Archie P. McDonald

  • Haunted Nacogdoches by Dana Goolsby
    Stephen F. Austin State University is allegedly home to numerous spooks. The Turner Fine Arts Auditorium at SFA has more than fine art in the building. A ghost named Chester is believed to haunt the building...

  • Phantom of the Opera in Nacogdoches
    From Ghosts in East Texas by Bob Bowman

  • Nacogdoches Incorporated in 1837 - History cartoon by Roger T. Moore

  • Nacogdoches, Texas
    Attractions/Landmarks - Photo Gallery

    TX - Nacogdoches County Courthouse, Nacogdoches, Texas
    Terry Jeanson, December 2007 photo
    Nacogdoches County Courthouse

    Nacogdoches TX - Old Stone Fort
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2010
    The Old Stone Fort

    Nacogdoches TX - Oak Grove Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2010
    Oak Grove Cemetery

  • Lanana Creek Trail -
    6 miles trail in Pecan Acres Park

  • Millard's Crossing -
    6020 North Street (US 59 N)
    East Texas architecture on 37 acres.
    936-564-6631. Admissions

  • Oak Grove Cemetery -
    N. Lanana St, at Hospital St.
    Including four signers of Texas Declaration of Independence.

  • Old Nacogdoches University -
    1858 building today a museum. On Washington Square, Thomas J. Rusk Middle School campus. Mound and Hughes St. 936-569-7292

  • Old North Church -
    US 59 North and Highway 35.
    The oldest union church in Texas.

  • The Old Stone Fort (by Archie P. McDonald)
    "In 1936, a replica of the Old Stone Fort was located on the campus of Stephen F. Austin State University, and visitors can drop by and get a good idea of what the first building in Nacogdoches looked like."
    Tues. - Sat. 9AM - 5PM. Sun. 1 - 5 PM.
    Closed Monday and holidays. 936-468-2408

  • Ruby M. Mize Azalea Garden -
    Texas' largest azalea garden.
    South of SFA Johnson Coliseum, University Drive.
    Open daily. 936-468-1832

  • Stephen F. Austin Mast Arboretum -
    On SFASU campus, off Wilson Dr.
    Open daily. 936-468-1832

  • Sterne-Hoya Home -
    Historic home built in 1830.
    211 S. Lanana St., 946-560- 5426

  • Lake Nacogdoches
    10 miles west of Nacogdoches off FM 225


    Nacogdoches Tourist Information
    Nacogdoches Convention & Visitors Bureau -
    (888) OLDEST-TOWN
    200, East Main Street, Nacogdoches, Texas 75961

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  • Chapel at Millard Crossing, Nacogdoches Texas
    The Chapel at Millard Crossing
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January, 2006
    Nacogdoches Churches

    Nacogdoches, Texas - Stephen F. Austin State University
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    Stephen F. Austin State College

    Nacogdoches TX - 1897 Land Office
    Chas Hoya 1897 Land Office Building
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2011

    Texas - Nacogdoches City Hall
    Nacogdoches City Hall
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2011

    Nacogdoches TX Historic Building

    Historic Building
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2011
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    Nacogdoches TX Main Theatre
    Nacogdoches Main Theatre
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2011
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    Nacogdoches TX - General Mercantile
    General Mercantile
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2011

    Nacogdoches TX - Coca Cola ghost sign
    General Mercantile Coca-Cola ghost sign
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2011
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    Nacogdoches TX Former Post Office
    Nacogdoches Former Post Office
    Photo courtesy Dana Goolsby, November 2011
    More Texas Post Offices

    Nacogdoches County Tx - Goodman Pony Truss Bridge
    The 1929 Goodman Pony Truss Bridge shown here in Mount Sterling was relocated to Pecan Park in Nacogdoches
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2010

    Nacogdoches, Texas - West End Lake, 1930s old postcard
    "West End Lake, Nacogdoches, Texas"
    1930s Postcard courtesy Bill Burris & Friend
    Nacogdoches Old Postcards

    Nacogdoches, Texas Forum
  • Nacogdoches claims to be the oldest town in Texas, using 1716 as the date. Now, the Dallas Morning News Texas Almanac and the Univ Texas Handbook of Texas, on line, say it 'aint so. They say Ysleta and Socorro of El Paso were est. ~ 1680-2, which is an earlier date even using public school math. I suspect there's some 'school pride' in this Nacogdoches-ites claim, but is there a real, non-tall-tale truth for claiming to be the oldest? Or maybe Mr. Bowman has this covered somewhere? - J R Overton, May 04, 2004

    See The Oldest Town in Texas? by Bob Bowman

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    Nacogdoches, Texas Area Towns:
    Lufkin | Henderson | San Augustine | Center | Rusk

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