Canton, the county seat of Van Zandt County, is on State highways 19 and 64 on the Mill Creek tributary of the Sabine River, fourteen miles southeast of Wills Point in the central part of the county. The site, originally in Henderson County, was surveyed as early as 1840 by a company of men under Dr. W. P. King. The community stands on the original survey of Jesse Stockwell, who arrived in the area at that time. No settlement was made until 1850, when the town was laid out and named by settlers moving from Old Canton in Smith County. The first district courthouse at Canton opened in 1850, and a post office, the county's fourth, was established in that year.
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Canton by the Numbers
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|4,015||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,581||2010||Texas Demographic Center|
|3,292||2000||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,949||1990||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,845||1980||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,283||1970||Texas Demographic Center|
|1,114||1960||Texas Demographic Center|
|881||1950||Texas Demographic Center|
|715||1940||Texas Demographic Center|
|704||1930||Texas Demographic Center|
|583||1920||Texas Demographic Center|