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EDNA, TEXAS

Jackson County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast
US Hwy 59, State Hwy 111, FM 1822 & FM 822
97 miles S of Houston
26 miles N of Victoria
43 miles N of Port Lavaca

Population 5,899 (2000) 5,343 (1990)

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Edna, Texas depot, early 1900 photo
Edna Depot, early 1900s
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History in a Pecan shell

Edna was named after a daughter of Count Joseph Telfener - an Italian entrepreneur who was building a railroad from Rosenburg to Victoria. Other family members had towns named after them as well. While the railroad had the ambitious name of The New York, Texas and Mexican Railroad, it didn't originate in New York, nor did it reach Mexico. Known as "The Macaroni Line" for the Italian workmen who were brought from Italy for construction, the rails eventually went as far as Victoria.


A timeline of significant events
1881: Railroad construction begins
1882: Town of Edna was established - first train arrives.
1883: Texana, the former county seat which was bypassed by the railroad loses election in favor of Edna
1884: New courthouse was contracted
1886: Post office opened - population of Texana moves to Edna - population reaches 1,000
1900: Texana hit hard by Galveston storm becomes a ghost town
1906: Fire engulfs downtown Edna
1929: Population is 2,500


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Edna Theatre, Edna, Texas
The Edna Theater
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