City of Crockett, Houston County, Texas

City of Crockett, Houston County, Texas

The City of Crockett is the seat of Houston County, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Crockett, the county seat and largest community in Houston County, is at the junction of U.S. Highway 287 and State highways 7, 19, and 21 in the central part of the county. When Houston County was established in 1837, Andrew Edwards Gossett, an early settler from Tennessee, donated land for the county seat. Gossett and his father, Elijah Gossett, named the settlement for David Crockett, a former neighbor in Tennessee. Crockett is said to have camped near the townsite in January 1836 on his way to San Antonio. County officials chose the site because of its proximity to the Old San Antonio Road. The town was incorporated on December 29, 1837, and a post office opened there on March 31, 1838. During the early years mail was delivered twice a month, and a stagecoach ran at intervals from Nacogdoches. In 1839 raids by the Alabama-Coushatta and Cherokee Indians forced the town's residents to take shelter in the fortified log courthouse. Several early schools operated in the vicinity of Crockett, among them Crockett Academy, built a half mile east of the courthouse about 1855. Several early newspapers were published in the town, including the Crockett Printer, begun in 1853 by Oscar Dalton, and the Crockett Argus, first published in 1857.

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
6,707 2019 Texas Demographic Center
6,950 2010 Texas Demographic Center
7,141 2000 Texas Demographic Center
7,024 1990 Texas Demographic Center
7,405 1980 Texas Demographic Center
6,616 1970 Texas Demographic Center
5,356 1960 Texas Demographic Center
5,932 1950 Texas Demographic Center
4,536 1940 Texas Demographic Center
4,441 1930 Texas Demographic Center
3,061 1920 Texas Demographic Center
3,947 1910 Texas Demographic Center
2,612 1900 Texas Demographic Center
1,445 1890 Texas Demographic Center
599 1880 Texas Demographic Center
1,500 1860 Texas Demographic Center
600 1850 Texas Demographic Center