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WRIGHT CITY, TEXAS

Smith County, East Texas
Highway 64 on the Rusk county line
Near Arp
SE of Tyler
Population: 172 (2000)

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Wright City Texas closed gas station
A closed gas station in Wright City
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

Named after a family of settlers, the Handbook of Texas begins Wright City’s history in 1931 when Smith County’s first oil well came in on May 30, 1931. The discovery softened the blow of the Great Depression and by 1940 the population was 450. Thanks to the post-war availability of cheap automobiles, the townspeople left to find better paying jobs and by 1950 there were only 220 residents. Today the specter of boom times is evident in the abandoned oil facilities.

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