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TRINITY, TEXAS

Former Trinity County Seat

Trinity County, East Texas

30° 56' 44" N, 95° 22' 32" W (30.945556, -95.375556)
State Hwy 19 and Hwy 94 with
FMs 230, 356, and 1617
2 Miles NE of the Trinity River
21 Miles NE of Huntsville
20 Miles SW of Groveton the county seat
Population: 2,750 Est. (2016)
2,697 (2010) 2,721 (2000) 2,648 (1990)

Trinity, Texas Area Hotels › Huntsville Hotels
Trinity TX - Railroad Street
"Railroad St., Trinity, Texas. Pub. by Mansell's Pharmacy."
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
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History in a Pecan Shell

An early community known as Kayser’s Prairie, occupied the land prior to the 1870s. The town we now know as Trinity became a station on the Houston and Great Northern Railroad in 1872 although it was first Trinity Station and then Trinity City before dropping the extra words.

The railroad increased the population dramatically when it bypassed the county seat (Sumpter, Texas). Trinity became the county seat in May of 1873 although that status was short-lived.

In 1874 Pennington became the county seat, even though Trinity was the county’s railroad center and its most populated community. The population reached 900 in the mid 1880s which swelled to 1,200 for the 1890 census.

A fire destroyed 12 houses in 1892 but that doesn’t explain the drop in population (just 500 by 1896).

By 1904 it had 850 residents and the town was electrified in 1906.

A second fire in 1909 destroyed the town’s business district and a third fire in 1915 (when the population had reached 1,800) caused further damage, but the town rebuilt on each occasion. The population grew slowly, reaching nearly 2,650 in 1990.

Trinity was (after cotton growing declined in the 1920s) a timber center and once had 30 sawmills in operation at its peak.

The Texas Department of Corrections has several prisons in the area.



Trinity Historic Attraction:

Trinity TX Post Office Mural "Lumber Manufacturing"

Trinity's 1942 Post Office Mural "Lumber Manufacturing"
by Jerry Bywaters

Photo courtesy Marilyn Tomalavage, 2011

Photo courtesy Marilyn Tomalavage, 2011
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Trinity County TX 1907 Postal Map
1907 Trinity County Postal Map showing Trinity
(SW of Groveton near Walker County line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Take a road trip

Trinity, Texas Nearby Towns:
Groveton the county seat
Trinity
Crockett
Lufkin
Huntsville
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