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    POINT, TEXAS

    Rains County, East Texas
    Highway 69 and FMs 47 and 514
    8 Miles NW of Emory
    SW of Sulphur Springs
    60 Miles E of Dallas
    Population 793 (2000)

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    Point Texas National Farmers Union Monument
    Point Texas National Farmers Union Monument
    Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town dates from 1880 when it was designated as a MKT flag stop. The name submitted for a post office was Riceís Point, after William Rice, a local settler. Since the name was already in use, it was rejected but the word point was accepted.

    The population reached 50 for the 1890 census. In 1902, the Farmers Educational and Cooperative Union of America was formed. In three years it had amassed a national membership of one million members.

    In 1913 the town built a two-story brick school and three years later the population reached 600. Point lost about half of its population during the Great Depression.

    Highway 69 was built in the early 1940s, bolstering the population back into the 400s, but by ther end of WWI it had declined back to 350. The population from 1950 through the 60s remained at 400 (more or less). 1957 saw the building of the Iron Bridge Dam, impounding the Sabine River and forming Lake Tawakoni.

    Development began on the western shore of Lake Tawakoni and this eventually became the separate community of East Tawakoni. Pointís population took a hit and for the 1970 census, it was back to just over 400 residents. The 1990 census reported 645 Point residents, increasing to nearly 800 by the year 2000.

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    Cotton Pickin Theatre, Point Texas
    Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
    The Cotton Pickiní Theater by Bob Bowman
    At Point, a small town of some 700 souls in northern Rains county..., a sturdy old gin has found a new life as an entertainment venue that draws crowds from all over East Texas and performers like Mark Chestnut, Pee Wee Walker, and Gary Busey.... more
    Point Texas National Farmers Union Monument statue
    National Farmers Union Statue
    Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
    Point Texas National Farmers Union Monument
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    Photo courtesy Mike Price, October 2007
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    Point United Methodist Church, Point  TX
    Point United Methodist Church
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