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Titus
Titus County

MOUNT PLEASANT, TEXAS

Titus County Seat, East Texas

I-30, US 271, and Hwy 49
16 miles E of Mount Vernon
115 miles E of Dallas
33 miles N of Gilmer
61 miles SW of Texarkana
Population: 16,152 (2010) 13,935 (2000) 12,291 (1990)

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The largest hand-painted Dr Pepper brick advertisement in Texas

History in a Pecan Shell

Mount Pleasant was designated the county seat when Titus County was formed in 1846. The site for the town was donated by early settlers with a post office opening the following year.

It wasnít until the arrival of the Texas and St. Louis Railroad in the early 1880s that the town experience notable growth. By the mid 1880s the town had a population around 800 with most essential businesses as well as a newspaper and a bank.

Mineral-rich springs created an influx of health-seeking tourists in the 1910s and by the 1920s, Mount Pleasant had 4,000 residents. The Great Depression reduced the population to 3,500 but it dealt business a harder blow, reducing the number to just 121 from a pre-Depression high of 190.

Mount Pleasant also served as an economic center for neighboring counties of Morris, Franklin and Camp.

The population went over 11,000 in the 1970 Census and was nearly 12,300 for the 1990 Census.

The city is also the home of Northeast Community College (which serves the aforementioned three neighboring counties). The population was 16,152 as of 2010.
1895 Titus County courthouse, Mount Pleasant, Texas
Titus County Courthouse
An 1895 courthouse encased in several layers of "improvements". Perhaps the ugliest courthouse in the state of Texas.
Titus County was organized in 1846.

The Bell Tower

by Bob Bowman ("All Things Historical")
"... The bell will soon ring again across Mount Pleasantís courthouse square.

To build a new, freestanding bell tower and an electronic operating system to ring the bell, the Commission and others are putting together a $60,000 pot. County officials are putting up 42% of the cost, the City of Mount Pleasant is paying 20%, and the remaining funds are coming largely from engraved bricks...." [ more ]

Dr Pepper Hand-Painted Brick Advertisement
Restored in 2011

"It is said to be the largest hand-painted Dr Pepper brick advertisement in Texas and one of the largest in America." - David Freeman
Mt. Pleasant TX - largest hand painte Dr Pepper brick advertisement in TZX
Jo's Downtown hand-painted Dr Pepper brick advertisement
Photo courtesy David Freeman, December 2015
"We wanted to share this updated picture of the Dr Pepper advertisement located on the oldest building on the downtown square of Mount Pleasant, Texas.

The billboard was restored in 2011 with an additional scene on the far right side." - David Freeman, January 23, 2017
Photo courtesy David Freeman, December 2015
Mt Pleasant TX - Dr Pepper painted sign, Girl holding Dr Pepper bottle
Girl holding Dr Pepper bottle
before restoration

Photo courtesy David Freeman, September 2011
Mt Pleasant TX -  weathered brick sign
Weathered sign
Photo courtesy David Freeman, January 2007
Dr. Pepper sign, Mount Pleasant, Texas
The sign before the wall became faded and extremely weathered.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, October 2002

Mount Pleasant Nearby Destinations
  • Lake Bob Sandlin State Park
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us
  • Lake Monticello
    10 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us
  • Lake Welsh
    On Swuanano Creek, 10 miles southeast of Mount Pleasant
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us
    Mount Pleasant Tourist Information
    Mount Pleasant/Titus County Chamber Of Commerce
    1604 N. Jefferson P.O. Box 1237 Mount Pleasant, TX 75456-1237
    Phone: 903/572-8567
    http://www.mtpleasant-tx.com/

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