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    TURNEY, TEXAS

    Cherokee County, East Texas
    FM 22
    8 Miles N of Rusk
    SE of Jacksonville

    Population: 100 (1990)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    There was settlement in the region prior to the Civil War, but a community per se didn't materialize until around 1900 when the Texas and New Orleans Railroad built through Cherokee County.

    The community was granted a post office in 1903, named after J. A. Turney, early resident. Turney had two stores and a population of seventy-five by 1914. It increased somewhat in the prosperous 20s, and remained around 100 during the Great Depression. After WWII all of Turney's businesses closed and the 1990 population remained around 100.
    Cherokee County Texas 1907 Postal Map

    Cherokee County, Texas 1907 Postal Map showing Turney
    (Above "R" in "CHEROKEE")
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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