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CHEEK, TEXAS

Jefferson County, Gulf Coast / East Texas
State Highway 124
Just S of I-10
About 7 Miles SW of Beaumont
Population: 00062 est. (2000)

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History in a Rice Hull

Named for J. R. Cheek, the community was platted in 1906 when rice cultivation was still relatively new. Cheek had the good fortune to be alongside the tracks of the Gulf and Interstate Railroad.

Most residents were rice farmers who used the canal system belonging to the Beaumont Irrigating Company.

Cheekís population has always been small. Forty residents were reported there in the mid 1920s. Itís proximity to Beaumont (to say nothing of being surrounded by rice fields) created a feeling of isolation.

The school district had a PWA school built during the Great Depression, but it was consolidated with Beaumont schools in 1951. The population is still well under 100 (62 reported for both the 1990 and 2000 census).

Cheekís location is marked by the large Goodyear plant (nearby). Visible from Interstate 10.
Jefferson  County Cheek TX 1909 postmark info
Jefferson  County Cheek TX 1909 postmark i
Postcard cancelled with 1909 Cheek, Texas postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Jefferson County TX 1907 Postal Map
Jefferson County 1907 Postal Map showing Cheek
SW of Beaumont
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Cheek, Texas
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