Let’s Find Out How 15 of Our East Texas Towns Got Their Name
Knowing and understand history is very important and is also fascinating. Knowing the history of the town your living in will go a long toward toward understanding why the town is the way it is. For us in East Texas, most of our towns are close to or over 150 years old. Its good to know the history of your hometown. That's why I took a look at 15 of our East Texas towns and give a brief description of them and how they got their name.
Tyler's Place in History
Tyler has an interesting claim to fame, it is the home of the very first Adopt A Highway in the world. It is a two mile stretch of Highway 69 just north of Loop 323 and is marked with that designation.
It came about in 1984 when James Evans, who was an engineer for the Texas Department of Transportation, was behind a truck in Tyler and trash was getting blown out of the truck bed. Evans was thinking about the tax payer cost of keeping the highways clean. To subvert this, he decided to go to some local volunteer groups and asked if they would be willing to pick up trash along various highways.
Sadly, nobody took Evans up on his offer.
It wasn't until the Public Information Officer for the Tyler District of TxDOT, Billy Black, took up the cause and got the Adopt A Highway program off the ground. Black set up training for those who wanted to volunteer and provided equipment for them to use.
A World Record in East Texas
Yes, a unique world record still finds it's home in East Texas, Paris to be exact. Adam Sandoval had made three failed attempts at this world record (UPI) between 2010 and the event held on Saturday, October 5, 2019. In total, 3,497 (rideapart.com) bikers from all over the country, and Canada, gathered at Cox Field airport in Paris. The parade of bikes was three miles long. This parade was also for a good cause as $50,000 was raised for Motorcycle Missions which helps military veterans and first responders who suffer from PTSD.
These are just a couple examples of the cool stuff that has happened in East Texas. Below, I've given a brief description of when 15 East Texas towns got their start and how it got it's name. I know 15 East Texas towns doesn't come anywhere close to covering everybody. So, if you would like to look up the history of your town, you can click this link then just type in your town's name in the search bar for a full rundown of it's history.