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    PINEHILL, TEXAS

    Rusk County, East Texas
    FM 1798 and FM 348
    About 3 Miles S of Highway 79
    12 Miles E of Henderson
    15 Miles W of Carthage

    Population: 00049 (2000)

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    Pinehill TX - Voting Box 315
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Henderson Hillin is widely accepted as the founder of Pinehill. He arrived in the 1840s and wrote to his family and friends back in Alabama and Georgia, entreating them to come to Texas. Hillin became the town’s first merchant and when a post office opened in 1847, the community (previously known as “Rake Pocket”) was thereafter called Pinehill (or Pine Hill).

    The office moved to Sharon, Texas (Panola County) for two years beginning in 1856. Growth just prior to the Civil War was said to be substantial although no figures are available.

    Timber reserves were tapped early in the 20th Century via of the Timpson and Henderson railroad line. A fire in 1916 destroyed a good portion of downtown Pinehill and a second fire in 1937 caused further damage. The town’s population had risen to 250 in the first decade of the 20th Century and remained there through the 1940 census.

    As part of the postwar exodus to urban centers, Pinehill lost more than half of its residents by the 1950s, leaving a population of just 100. The 2000 census showed a mere 48 people residing in Pinehill.

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