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KENNARD, TEXAS

Houston County, East Texas

FM 2781, FM 357 and State Highway 7
About 16 Miles E of Crockett
Population: 337 (2010) 317 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Settled as early as the 1850s, things didn't really get started until the arrival of the Central Coal and Coke Company (aka The Four C) of St. Louis. Timber was the game in 1899 and the company set up a sawmill not far from present-day Ratcliff. After the Four C Mill opened, it soon relocated to Cochino Bayou and the town that grew up around the mill became Kennard when a post office was granted in 1902.

Growth was nearly immediate and by 1914, Kennard had a thriving population of 600 residents served by a bank, drugstore and eight (!) general stores. The Four C Mill kept the stores in business as the town's main employer.

It was thought that the vast pine forests would last forever, but they played out in a decade, leaving some 120,000 acres of pine stumps. The mill was dismantled and the barren landscape was acquired by the U.S. Government. The area went from being a CCCC property to being reforested by the CCC during the make-work projects of the Great Depression. Despite the mill closing, the reforestation project kept the town alive. The mass planting eventually became part of the Davy Crockett National Forest.

The population in the Mid 1930s remained at 600 but the postwar search for jobs reduced the number of residents to 340 by the early 1950s. Kennard incorporated in 1969 and five years later the Kennard ISD was formed of 47 scattered schools. From a count of 341 residents in 1990, the population of Kennard declined to 317 for the 2000 census.


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