Canton, Texas

Canton, Texas

View of the Historic Main Street of Canton, the seat of Van Zandt County, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

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.

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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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
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