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EUSTACE, TEXAS

Henderson County, East Texas
Highway 175
10 Miles NW of Athens

Population: 798 (2004)

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Eustace Texas Downtown, Henderson County
Downtown Eustace
Photos 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
Eustace City Hall
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Eustace Texas, Pioneer cabin, Henderson County
Pioneer cabin
Photos Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2006
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