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EUSTACE, TEXAS

Henderson County, East Texas

32°18'32"N 96°0'33"W (32.308801, -96.009098)
Highway 175
10 Miles NW of Athens the county seat
Population: 991 (2010) 798 (2000) 662 (1990)

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Eustace Texas Downtown, Henderson County
Downtown Eustace
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

Eustace appeared when the Texas and New Orleans Railroad connected its line from Kemp to Athens in 1900. Businesses from several communities relocated to be alongside the rails. W. L. Moseley, who had sold the railroad a right-of-way and sold lots in the developing town, modestly named the new community Mosely. But in that same year of 1900, a post office opened under the name Jolo (for popular blacksmith Joe L. Pickle’s nickname). For a short time the town was known under both names.

The name was changed later that year to Eustace, to honor Virginian Capt. W. T. Eustace, a Confederate veteran who relocated to Henderson County in 1867. The population in 1900 was reported as 150 residents and within a few years the town had most essential businesses. Despite the railroad and the businesses, growth was slow and as late as 1940 Eustace had less than 500 residents.

By 1990 it had only grown to an estimated 662. The town has benefited from recreational areas nearby like Cedar Creek Lake and Purtis Creek State Recreation Area and has increased its population to around 800 residents.
Eustace Texas city hall , Henderson County
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Eustace Texas city hall, former First State Bank  building

Eustace City Hall
Former First State Bank building
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
See Texas Banks

Eustace Texas city hall , Henderson County
Eustace City Hall in 2006
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
Eustace Texas, Pioneer cabin, Henderson County
Pioneer cabin
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Eustace Texas, Pioneer cabin, Henderson County
Pioneer cabin
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
Eustace TX - Cafe & post office sign
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Eustace TX - Cafe. Former post office?
Former Eustace Post Office?
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
See Texas Post Offlices
Eustace TX - Coca-Cola sign
Coca-Cola painted sign
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
More Coca-Cola
Eustace TX - Town Square  direction sign
Eustace Town Square Sign
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Eustace TX - Welcome sign
Eustace Welcome Sign
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
Eustace TX - Bail bonds sign
Bail Bonds sign
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013
More Texas Signs
Eustace TX - Gazebo
Gazebo on the town square appears in the 2009 film Fire from Below
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2013

From East Texas Sunday Drive by Bob Bowman:

Athens: Where the hamburger was invented
Athens, New York, Texas Cheesecakes, LaRue, Brownsboro, Edom, Purtis Creek State Park, Eustace, Mabank, Gun Barrel City, Payne Springs, Caney City, Malakoff and Cross Roads...

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Eustace, Texas Nearby Towns:
Athens the county seat
See Henderson County | East Texas

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