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WHITEHOUSE, TEXAS

Smith County, East Texas

3213'24"N 9513'3"W (32.223443, -95.217579)
State Highway 110 and FM 346
7 Miles SE of Tyler the county seat
7 miles NE of Troup
2 Miles W of Lake Tyler
Population: 8,269 Est. (2016)
7,660 (2010) 5,346 (2000) 4,032 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Settlement of Whitehouse was an indirect effect of the Texas Revolution. Volunteers heading to reinforce the Alamo arrived too late, but were impressed enough with the landscape here that they returned to their former states (Tn, Ga, Va and the Carolinas) and returned with their families.

In the 1850s the region had constructed the infrastructure needed for sustained growth. (Sawmills, gristmills and gins.) An agricultural community, Whitehouse received a boost in the 1870s with the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad. The town was granted a post office in 1873 and the name submitted was Whitehouse after a white-washed building that served the community as church, school and social meeting place. By the mid 1880s the population was still small a mere 75 residents. Growth was slow but upward until the 1930s when the East Texas oil boom provided a surge of growth. Whitehouse peaked at an estimated 500 citizens but by 1940 it had declined to 300.

The 1960 census counted 842 residents that grew to 3,300 by the late 1890s. Many residents commute to Tyler for work. The population increased to 4,032 for 1990 and reached a new record of over 5,000 for the 2000 census.
Whitehouse TX Cemetery Tombstone
Whitehouse Cemetery Tombstone
Photo courtesy Lori Martin, September 2012
TX  - Whitehouse Cemetery Sign
Whitehouse Cemetery Sign
Photo courtesy Lori Martin, 2011
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Smith County TX 1907 Postal Map
Smith County 1907 Postal Map showing Whitehouse SE of Tyler
(Below "I" in "SMITH")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Whitehouse, Texas Nearby Towns:
Tyler the county seat
Jacksonville
Henderson
See Smith County | East Texas

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