Arp

Arp is on the Union Pacific Railroad and State Highway 135 eighteen miles southeast of Tyler in southeastern Smith County. Kickapoo Creek flows to the south. The area was occupied as early as 1868, when John G. and Eliza Sartain bought six acres from Henry Moore. In 1872 the International-Great Northern Railroad was built, and the community became Jarvis Switch, a stop on the line. Commercial development began in 1897 when truck and fruit farmer J. W. Melton moved there from Troup. He was the first local citizen to ship tomatoes to northern markets. The post office was established in 1898 as Strawberry with Charles P. Orr as postmaster. The following year the town was renamed after William Arp, a popular newspaper editor.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Arp is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Jarvis)
  • (Strawberry)

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.22790470
    Longitude
    -95.05361300

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Population Counts

Arp
Pop. Year Source
1,029 2019 Texas Demographic Center
970 2010 Texas Demographic Center
901 2000 Texas Demographic Center
812 1990 Texas Demographic Center