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AVINGER, TEXAS

Cass County, East Texas

Highways 49 and 155
16 miles NW of Jefferson
32 miles NW of Marshall
36 miles NE of Longview
29 miles SE of Atlanta
54 miles SW of Texarkana
36 miles SE of Mount Pleasant
Population: 444 (2010)

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TX Avinger - Mt Moriah Baptist Church
Mt. Moriah Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massay, June 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

A settlement called Hickory Hill was nearby in the early 1840s. A post office opened there in 1848 and the East Line and Red River Railroad arrived in 1876. A station was built where Avinger would later appear.

The businesses from Hickory Hill started relocating to be near the rails and by 1877 even the post office moved. Dr. H. J. Avinger, who also operated a store, had the town renamed in his honor. The population was 100 by 1892 and by 1914 it was estimated to be 500.

Prior to the Great Depression, the town was up to 700 which declined to 450 through the 1930s. The Lone Star Steel Plant was built just west of town during World War II. In 1949 the town renewed itself by rebuilding its infrastructure and paving its streets. A new high school was built as well as a water and sewer system.

The population peaked at 750 people in 1960. The 1990 Census reported 478 people which has remained at about that level in 2000.

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Avinger, Texas Chronicles

  • Avinger Tornadoes - 1885 and 1921 by Marlene Bradford
  • Not all ghosts are dead by Mike Cox
    The old man in the dirty linen duster walked slowly down the dirt road from his dilapidated two-story house on the hill toward the abandoned Presbyterian church. Inside, he made his way up the aisle toward the worn front pew... more

  • Avinger, Texas Landmarks:

    Avinger Tx former depot
    Former Avinger Depot
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
    More Texas Depots
    TX - Avinger First Baptist Church
    Avinger First Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massay, June 2010
    TX Avinger -Hickory Hill Baptist Church

    Hickory Hill Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massay, June 2010
    More Texas Churches

    Avinger Tx Fresh Produce
    "Vine Ripened Tomatoes"
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
    Avinger Tx Building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
    Avinger TX - Mercantile
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massay, June 2010
    Avinger Tx - Antique Store
    Antique Store
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
    Avinger TX - Tin Man
    Avinger's Tin Man
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massay, June 2010
    TX - Avinger Water Tower
    Avinger Water Tower
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massay, June 2010
    More Texas Water Towers
    Avinger Tx building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
    TX - Avinger Cemetery
    Avinger Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massay, June 2010
    More Texas Cemeteries
    Avinger Tx  City Limit Sign
    Avinger City Limit Sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
    Avinger Tx welcome sign
    "Home of Wildflower Trails and Avinger Indians"
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011

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