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    REESE, TEXAS

    Cherokee County, East Texas
    U.S. Highway 175
    NW of Jacksonville
    About 20 Miles NW of Rusk
    SW of Tyler
    Population: 0075 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    First settlers began appearing in the 1860s. The population was a mere 15 (fifteen) in the late 1890s. The community received its jump start in 1901 with the arrival of the Texas and New Orleans Railroad in 1901. It wasn’t a station, but a switch, but even switches needed naming. The name of Reese (after a railroad conductor named Reese Lloyd) was chosen by the railroad. Soon Reese, Texas was thriving with a population of 50 residents served by two stores, two sawmills and even a druggist.

    The population broke the 100 mark in 1929 and rather than be bypassed by the new highway (highway 175), the people moved their businesses and houses to the road.

    A record of how Reese managed through the Great Depression is not available, but after WWII, residents left, the school was consolidated and finally, in 1954, the post office closed.

    Reese may never have grown much larger, but in the 1970s there was an effort to retain what was left. The depot was restored and a community center was built. The population increased to 75 by the 1990 census and remained there for the 2000 count.
    TX - Reese Cemetery
    Reese Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Amy Cumbie, 2007
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    Reese Cemetery

    "This is the Reese Cemetery located on US Highway 175 between Reese and Cuney in Cherokee County. This cemetery was founded in the early 1900s, with the earliest grave noted being in 1919. It is well maintained and still being used today." - Gage Guinn, September 15, 2012
    1920s Cherokee County, Texas Map

    1920s Cherokee County, Texas Map showing Reese
    (Above "C" in "CHEROKEE". Near Henderson County line)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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