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TRINITY COUNTY, TEXAS

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    Trinity County History

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    Trinity County Seats
    Trinity County was formally organized by an act of the Texas legislature on February 11, 1850. Soon after, county residents chose between two sites for the establishment of a county seat, which was named Sumpter (5 miles east). Government offices were located in the residence of Solomon Adams until a courthouse was built. Now a ghost town, Sumpter served as the Trinity County seat until 1872, when the courthouse was destroyed by fire.

    The town of Trinity (20 miles southwest) was named the new county seat by legislative act. In 1874, however, local voters chose to relocate the seat of government at Pennington (12 miles northwest). A courthouse fire there in 1876, coupled with the theft of district court records in 1880, led county residents to consider a new site for the government offices.

    As the result of an election on October 7, 1882, the sawmill and railroad town of Groveton became the fourth seat of Trinity County. Official records were moved here 13 days later. The courthouse square was donated by the Trinity & Sabine Timber Co.

    The history of the Trinity County seats reflects a proud heritage based on early struggles and hopes of the area's pioneer heritage.

    Trinity County Courthouse
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    Trinity County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

    Trinity County Town List

    Cities, Towns & Ghost Towns: History, attractions, landmarks, architecture, monuments, museums, cemeteries, bridges, parks, vintage & contemporary images, area destinations, hotels, and forum.

    County Seat - Groveton
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  • Apple Springs
  • Glendale ghost town
  • Groveton county seat
  • Iris
  • Nigton ghost town
  • Nogalus Prairie
  • Pennington ghost town, third county seat
  • Sebastopol
  • Sumpter ghost town, first county seat
  • Trinity second county seat
  • Trinity County Texas  1907 postal map
    From 1907 Texas state map #2090 showing Trinity County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Trinity County Texas 1920s map
    From 1920 Texas state map #10749 showing Trinity County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Trinity County Texas 1940s map
    From 1940 Texas state map #4335 showing Houston County
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    TX Trinity County Seats Historical Marker
    Trinity County Seats Historical Marker
    on courthouse square, Groveton
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2006

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