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TROUP, TEXAS

Smith County, East Texas

328'40"N 957'12"W (32.144382, -95.120018)
FMs 13, 15, 346, and 347 and
Highways 110 and 135
18 Miles SE of Tyler
17 miles NE of Jacksonville
Population: 1,982 Est. (2016)
1,869 (2010) 1,949 (2000) 1,659 (1990)

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Downtown Troup
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

The area had been settled prior to 1850 but no development occured until the arrival of the railroad in the early 1870s when the Houston and Great Northern appeared. The town was platted where the railroad's mainline continued to Longview while a branch extended to Tyler.

A post office under the name of Zavala opened in 1873 but was changed to Troup in 1877. The 1892 population was 600 with all essential businesses including several millinery stores. It doubled by 1902 to 1,200 citizens. By the end of the 1920s, Troup had 1,800 people. The town was spared the brunt of the Great Depression by becoming an important location for the East Texas oil boom.

Troup had 75 businesses in the mid 1930s and ended that decade with a population of 3,000. Increased mobility after WWII reduced the population by half.

New Hope, Salem, and Prairie Lee schools merged with the Troup ISD in the early 50s. The 1981 population was given as 1,911 and for the 2000 population it was 1,949.

Troup, Texas Landmarks / Photo Gallery

Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
Troup Texas downtown building
Knights of Pythias Lodge
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Troup Texas 1898 downtown building
Knights of Pythias Lodge
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Troup Tx First Presbyterian Church
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Troup Tx First Baptist  Church
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Troup Texas Samuel Smith homesite
Samuel Smith Homesite
Troup Texas Samuel Smith homesite marker
Troup photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007

Historical Marker: junction of N. Georgia and McKay St.

Troup City Cemetery

This community burial ground originally served the early settlers of Zavala, later known as Troup, a town established along a line of the International & Great Northern Railroad in 1873. Since no land was set aside for a public cemetery when the town was platted, efforts were made to secure a tract from the railroad. As a result of the influence of city leaders, prominent local residents, and Judge William Wright Morris, the area representative to the Texas Legislature, the railroad provided 1.67 acres of land at this site in 1875 for a burial ground, known then as Zavala City Cemetery.

The earliest known grave is that of South Carolina native William A. Arms. Originally buried in New Orleans, he was reinterred here in the 1870s by his widow Martha Ann (Walker) Arms and his son Marion Francis Arms. Also buried here are three early mayors of the city, Dr. Erasmus Manley Hanna, William Clark Spruce, and Judge Stephen Decatur Morris. Leaders in securing the first rail line to the area, they were instrumental in having this site set aside for use as a public cemetery. Other graves here include those of prominent local residents and community leaders who contributed to the development of the area.
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    Troup, Texas Nearby Towns:
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    Jacksonville
    Kilgore
    Henderson
    Longview
    Marshall
    Dallas
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