County, East Texas
State Highway 110 and FM 346
6 Miles SE of Tyler
2 Miles W of Lake Tyler
Population: 5,346 (2000)
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in a Pecan ShellSettlement
of Whitehouse was an indirect effect of the Texas Revolution. Volunteers heading
to reinforce the Alamo arrived too
late, but were impressed enough with the landscape here that they returned to
their former states (Tn, Ga, Va and the Carolinas) and returned with their families.
the 1850s the region had constructed the infrastructure needed for sustained growth.
(Sawmills, gristmills and gins.) An agricultural community, Whitehouse received
a boost in the 1870s with the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad.
The town was granted a post office in 1873 and the name submitted was Whitehouse
– after a white-washed building that served the community as church, school and
social meeting place. By the mid 1880s the population was still small – a mere
75 residents. Growth was slow but upward until the 1930s when the East
Texas oil boom provided a surge of growth. Whitehouse peaked at an estimated
500 citizens but by 1940 it had declined to 300.
The 1960 census counted
842 residents that grew to 3,300 by the late 1890s. Many residents commute to
for work. The population increased to 4,032 for 1990 and reached a new record
of over 5,000 for the 2000 census.
Whitehouse Cemetery Tombstone|
Martin, September 2012
County 1907 Postal Map showing Whitehouse SE of Tyler
"I" in "SMITH")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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