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SMITH POINT, TEXAS
AKA Smith's Point

Chambers County, Texas Gulf Coast / East Texas

FM 562
Overlooking East Bay and Trinity Bay
Population: 180 est.(2010) 150 (2000, 1990)

Smith Point, Texas Area Hotels > Houston Hotels

History in a Pecan Shell

Even before it's namesake arrived, the "point" was used by Spanish troops disembarking to reinforce their garrison at Atascosito (1805). The aforementioned namesake, an Anglo who called himself John Smith, protested Spanish reluctance to issue titles to settlers. Mexico got it's independence from Spain shortly thereafter and then Texas got it's Independence from Mexico. Texas joined the United States in 1845 and Smith's Point was finally able to get it's own post office in 1876 - the year of the American Centennial. Until roads started appearing, Smith's Point was either reached on horseback, wagon or boat. Earliest population figures are from the 1930s when around fifty hearty souls resided here.

Ranching was the main industry with fishing a close second. The region was about as isolated as could be - until the discovery of gas and oil wells offshore in 1944.

The town lost it's post office during WWII, but the community held together in a rather loose and informal manner.

For people seeking a detailed history of Smith's Point, the book entitled Double Anchor Ranch is worthy of a search.

The population was reported at 150 residents in 1990 and at that same number for the 2000 census.

Smith Point Chronicles:

  • The making of a Texas president by Wanda Orton
    "...[T]he murder at Smith Point in October 1835 indirectly led to the election of Texas' first president in March 1836..." more
  • More about Smith Point murder case by Wanda Orton
  • Chambers County Texas 1940s map
    Chambers County 1907 posta map showing Smith Point (overlooking East Bay)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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