BLANK, TEXAS San
Jacinto County, East
Highway 190 and State Highway 156
13 Miles N of Coldspring
Miles W of Huntsville
About 85 Miles N
Street signs in Point Blank|
in a Pecan ShellOriginally
named by the French governess of a local family as Blanc Point, the name
was later Anglicized into its current form.
Florence Dissiway was the woman’s
name and her employeer was R/T Robinson, the man who became Point Blank’s first
merchant. Another early resident (Geo. Wood) would later become governor of Texas.
The town received a post office in 1884 and due to its somewhat remote location
and the lack of a railroad, the population remained at an estimated 75 – as late
With the construction of nearby Lake Livingston in the late 1960s,
Point Blank shot up to nearly 200 residents. It incorporated in the mid 1970s
and reached a population of 325 in the mid 1980s.
- East Texas Sunday Drive by Bob Bowman
"[East of Huntsville
on] U.S. 190 you'll discover the village of Point Blank, which sounds like
something out of an Old West novel. Actually, Point Blank was was originally named
Blanc Point by a Frenchwoman who moved here from Alabama. The town was also known
as Point White and White Point. Ask for directions to a small cemetery on the
banks of Lake Livingston, where Texas' second governor, George T. Wood, is buried."
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