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ATLANTA, TEXAS

Cass County, East Texas
Hwys 59, 43 & 77, and
FMs 96, 249, 251, 995, 1159, 1841, 2327, & 2791
10 miles W of the Arkansas State Line
25 miles SW of Texarkana
Population: 5,745 (2000)

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Atlanta Texas depot and Union Pacific  caboose
Atlanta depot and caboose
April 2006 photo courtesy Barclay Gibson
History in a Pecan Shell

Named after the city in Georgia by early settlers from that state, Atlanta was "born" in 1871 when the Texas and Pacific Railroad arrived and the post office opened. Atlanta had 1,500 citizens in 1885 - making it one of the larger towns in the region.

Like much of East Texas, Atlanta's economic engine was timber. The population reached nearly 1,700 just when lumber production was peaking. It had increased to 1,900 as the Great Depression was starting. Atlanta was spared the brunt of the Great Depression due to the discovery of oil in 1935. The population actually gained population and by 1940 there were 2,400 Atlantans.

In the early 1960s the population passed 4,000 and by 1990 it had reached 6,100.

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Atlanta depot Atlanta Chamber of Commerce Texas
Atlanta depot now houses the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce
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Wright Patman Lake, Texarkana Texas
Wright Patman Lake
Photos courtesy Sarah Reveley, 2007

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