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WHITSETT, TEXAS


Live Oak County, South Texas

28 38' 3" N, 98 16' 19" W (28.634167, -98.271944)

Intersection of U.S. 281 and FM 99
along the Union Pacific Railroad
15 miles N of Three Rivers
80 miles S of San Antonio
86 miles N of Corpus Christi
Population: 200 est. (2010) 200 (2000) 350 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town's name was decided by a coin-toss. Taylor Whitsett and Walter Reiffert each donated land to the approaching railroad and each wanted to be the town's namesake. It's obvious that Taylor won the toss or else this page would be for Reiffert, Texas. In 1913 the railroad build cattle-loading pens and within a short time Whitsett had a post office, store, and a lumberyard. The 1920s provided the town with two cotton gins and by 1925 a new school had been built.

Highway 281 was under construction in the 30s - providing work during the Great Depression. The highway had once gone under other designation. First it was the Old Spanish Trail, then it became Texas Highway 66 which morphed into Highway 9, and finally U.S. Highway 281.

The Whitsett school had four teachers teaching sixty-one pupils in the late 30s. The town ran on an electric generator until 1943 when they became part of the Rural Electrification Association connection. Whitsett's school merged with the Three Rivers ISD in the late 40s. After a false start in the 1930s, the local oil business revived somewhat in the 1970s. Another unexpected bonanza appeared in the form of uranium. Nearby Peggy, Texas is also a source of uranium.

The 1940 population which was 280 in 1940 increased to 350 by 1982. It was hoped that construction of Choke Canyon Dam (1986) would've given Whitsett a shot in the arm, but the population has remained stagnant at the 1982 figure of 350.
Whitsett is the setting for the 2008 horror film "The Wild Man of the Navidad."


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