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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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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.

Avinger Images/Landmarks:

Avinger Tx - Antique Store
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
Avinger Tx Cabin
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
Avinger Tx Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
Avinger Tx  City Limit Sign
Avinger City Limit Sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
Avinger Tx Fresh Produce
"Vine Ripened Tomatoes"
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2011
Avinger Tx building
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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