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TOOL, TEXAS

Henderson County, East Texas
Highway 274
W of the Cedar Creek Reservoir
9 miles S of Gun Barrel City
58 miles SE of Dallas

24 miles NW of Athens
Population 2,275 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The earliest noted settler was William Avant, who arrived around 1835. The town may have once been named Hog Fork but was renamed to honor George Tool, storekeeper. A post Tool post office operated for ten years - starting in 1901. At the end of WWII, the one hundred people who lived in Tool took advantage of the improved roads and left - leaving behind only forty people by 1950.

By 1945 Tool had 100 residents and four businesses, but by 1950 its population had fallen to forty.

In 1965, with the completion of the Cedar Creek Reservoir, the population increased to 300 and then to 1,700 by 1990.

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