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EDNA, TEXAS

Jackson County Seat, Texas Gulf Coast

2858'36"N 9638'48"W (28.976550, -96.646568)
US Hwy 59, State Hwy 111,
FM 1822 & FM 822
97 miles SW of Houston
40 miles SW of Wharton
26 miles NE of Victoria
43 miles N of Port Lavaca
Population: 5,825 (2017)
5,499 (2010) 5,899 (2000) 5,343 (1990)

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Edna, Texas Topics:

  • History
  • Landmarks / Attractions & photo gallery ›
  • Vintage Photos
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  • Edna TX - Street scene
    Edna street scene
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2009

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Edna was named after a daughter of Count Joseph Telfener - an Italian entrepreneur who was building a railroad from Rosenburg to Victoria. Other family members had towns named after them as well. While the railroad had the ambitious name of The New York, Texas and Mexican Railroad, it didn't originate in New York, nor did it reach Mexico. Known as "The Macaroni Line" for the Italian workmen who were brought from Italy for construction, the rails eventually went as far as Victoria.

    A timeline of significant events
    1881: Railroad construction begins
    1882: Town of Edna was established - first train arrives.
    1883: Texana, the former county seat which was bypassed by the railroad loses election in favor of Edna
    1884: New courthouse was contracted
    1886: Post office opened - population of Texana moves to Edna - population reaches 1,000
    1900: Texana hit hard by Galveston storm becomes a ghost town
    1906: Fire engulfs downtown Edna
    1929: Population is 2,500

    Edna, Texas Landmarks / Attractions

    1906 Jackson County courthouse, Edna, Texas
    1939 Photo courtesy TXDoT
    Jackson County Courthouse

    Jackson County Jail
    Edna TX - Edna Theatre
    Edna Theatre
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2009
    Edna TX - Edna Theatre
    Edna Theatre
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2009
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    Edna TX - Baptist Mission Church
    Baptist Mission Church
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, April 2009
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    Edna mural
    Photo courtesy Elicia Cook, 2004
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    Grain elevator dryer, Edna, Texas
    Edna Drying Grain Elevator
    TE photo, 2001
    Edna TX - Edna Drying sign
    TE photo, 2001
    Edna Texas - Grand Motel Old Neon
    Edna Theatre, Edna, Texas
    Air Conditioned Grand Motel
    TE photo, 2001
    Edna Texas - Edna Liquor Old Neon
    Edna
    TE photo, 2001
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    Edna, Texas Vintage Photos
    Edna, Texas depot, early 1900 photo
    Edna Depot, early 1900s
    Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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    Lavaca River Bridge near Edna
    Courtesy The Will Beauchamp Collection
    Navidad River Bridge, Edna TX
    Navidad River Bridge near Edna
    Courtesy The Will Beauchamp Collection
    Navidad River Bridge Scene, Edna Texas
    Navidad River Bridge near Edna
    Forgotten Texas Bridges - Series
    Texas Bridges
    Edna TX - Cotton Gin Yard
    Edna Cotton Gin Yard
    Courtesy The Will Beauchamp Collection
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    Texas Vintage Photos

    Jackson County Texas 1920sMap
    Jackson County 1920s Map
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Edna, Texas Area Towns:
    Wharton | Victoria | Port Lavaca | Palacios
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