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TURNERTOWN, TEXAS
AKA Turnerstown

Rusk County, East Texas
Highways 42 and 64
10 Miles W of Henderson

21 Miles S of Longview
Population: 00076 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Turnertown started as smaller community just east of the present location. After the construction of the highways, the population clustered around the intersection. With the discovery of oil in 1930 Turnertown became one of the near-mythical boomtowns. In the mid 1930s the population reached its zenith of 1,500 - never to even come close to that inflated figure. The decline was steep. In the early 1940s it had dropped to a mere 350. By the mid-1960s it was 150 and has since declined to the present (2000) 76.
Turnertown, Texas
Turnertown.
Photo courtsy Barclay Gibson, 2006
Turnertown, Texas
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