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LINDEN, TEXAS

Cass County Seat, East Texas
US 59
State Highways 8, 11 and 155
15 miles SW of Atlanta
18 miles N of Jefferson
34 miles N of Marshall
40 miles SW of Texarkana
Population: 1,972 (2010) 2,256 (2000) 2,375 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Jefferson, the former county seat of Cass County was made the county seat of the newly formed Marion County in 1852. The post office was granted the same year.

The town was reportedly named after a former Tennessean who named it after his former home.

The county newspaper began in 1875, printed a press rescued from the Red River that had been sunk in the Red River to prevent its capture by Federal troops during the Civil War.

By 1885 Linden had 300 residents and became a center for a growing lumber industry that peaked in the 1890s.

The 1930s saw Linden with 1,000 citizens but it took 30 years for the population to double. Linden had 1,950 residents by the mid-1960s, not far from the 2010 population.

Linden Landmarks & Attractions

Linden TX restored Cass County Courthouse , NW corner
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2012
Cass County Courthouse
Linden, Texas Post Office Mural – The Last Crop, 1939 by Victor Arnautoff
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, July 2010
Linden Post Office mural "The Last Crop"
Linden Tx Downtown Buildings
Linden Downtown
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson , 2009
Linden Tx - Cass County Office
Cass County Office
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson , 2009
Linden Tx -Local Steakhouse
Steakhouse
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson , 2009
 Entering Linden Tx
Entering Linden
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson , 2009
Linden Tx 1928 Highway Marker
Linden Texas 1928 Highway Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson , 2009
Linden Tx Water Tower
Linden Water Tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson , 2009
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Cass County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Cass County Postal map showing Linden
(Below "AS" in "CASS")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Linden Texas Forum
  • Subject: Linden History
    My name is Diane Wooten, and I was born Carolyn Diane Cowley - Nov.3,1950 in Atlanta,Texas. My grandparents lived in Linden for as long as I can remember. My Grandfathers name was Thomas Jefferson Foster. He was a descendant of Steven Foster, who was the founder of Linden. Thank you. - Diane Cowley Wooten, March 18, 2005

  • Info Sought in Fatal Linden, Texas Car Accident
    In 1954 my family and I were traveling through Linden to a new job my Dad had. My parents were, Leanord & Francis Loucks. In the front seat with my Dad, and Mom, was my younger baby sister (I believe 6 weeks). My older brother (I believe 5 yrs) was in the backseat. I was two years old at the time of the accident. A couple of men who were drinking ran head-on into our car, killing my mother. I have had different stories about what happend to my Dad. Each of us children were adopted into different families. I was adopted to Bonnie and Jimmy Hall of Linden, Texas, both now deceased.

    If anyone has any information on the accident, or knows anything pertaining to this incident, please contact me. - Patricia Smith, Dallas, Texas, doubleeagleantique@sbcglobal.net, July 15, 2007

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