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RIVERSIDE, TEXAS

Walker County, East Texas
FM 405 (east of State Highway 19)
13 Miles NE of Huntsville

Population 425 (2000)


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Riverside TX Old Bridge
The old bridge in Riverside.
TE Photo 2004
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History in a Pecan Shell

When Riverside was established in 1872 by the Houston and Great Northern Railroad, the combination of river and railroad gave the town unlimited potential. That same year a post office was moved from its former location at Newport.

Cotton was the town’s first economic engine, then lumber. As the trees thinned out, Riverside started raising cattle. By 1880 the population was 200 and besides essential businesses, the town also had two hotels and two general stores.

By 1990 Riverside added a saloon and restaurant as well as three churches and two schools. But even with a railroad and river, the town started losing population. By 1914 it had decreased to a mere 50.

Fuller's earth* was discovered in the area in 1920, and two plants were opened, giving the town a reprieve from impending oblivion. The population increased in the early 1930s, to 300 and remained at that number until the Riverside schools were merged into Huntsville’s ISD in the 1960s. From a 1990 census figure of 451 residents, the 2000 population had declined slightly to 425.

*a clay-like material used to decolorize and purify oils.
Riverside Bridge TX Turned For First Time 1904
Riverside Bridge turned for the first time
1904 photo courtesy Trinity County Historical Society
Riverside TX Turning Bridge Damage 1925
Riverside turning bridge damaged in 1925
Vintage photo courtesy Trinity County Historical Society
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Riverside Cash Store Mr Homer and Mr Jake TX
Riverside Cash Store with Mr. Homer and Mr. Jake
Photo courtesy Trinity County Historical Society & SHSU Collection
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Riverside TX Historical Marker
Town of Riverside Historical Marker
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Walker County TX 1907 Postal Map
Walker County 1907 Postal Map showing Riverside
(Above "ER" in "WALKER")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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