Edna

Edna, the county seat of Jackson County, was established in 1882 when the New York, Texas and Mexican Railway line was built from Rosenberg to Victoria and bypassed Texana, then the county seat. Updated 3 weeks ago
Edna, Texas

Edna, Texas

Edna Theatre in downtown Edna, Texas, the seat of Jackson County. Photograph by Jim Evans.

Edna, the county seat of Jackson County, was established in 1882 when the New York, Texas and Mexican Railway line was built from Rosenberg to Victoria and bypassed Texana, then the county seat. Construction of the railroad began in September 1881. Edna was laid out on land owned by Mrs. Lucy Flournoy, who conveyed right-of-way and a half interest in the townsite to the railroad, which was promoted and built by Italian Count Joseph Telfener. The town was named for a daughter of the count. The NYT&M, nicknamed the "Macaroni," was constructed by Italian laborers, most of whom were brought from Lombardy by Telfener (see ITALIANS). After completion of the road, the majority of the crew remained in the area and established homes. The first train arrived on July 4, 1882; the first merchant was Gideon Egg, who moved his general merchandise store from Texana in 1882, and the first child born in the new community was Edna Louise Traylor.

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

Edna is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [-ville]
  • (Big Motte)
  • (Macaroni Station)

Locations

  • Latitude
    28.97569810
    Longitude
    -96.64825600

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Yes

Is Incorporated

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Population Counts

Edna
Pop. Year Source
5,908 2019 Texas Demographic Center
5,499 2010 Texas Demographic Center
5,899 2000 Texas Demographic Center
5,343 1990 Texas Demographic Center
5,650 1980 Texas Demographic Center
5,332 1970 Texas Demographic Center
5,038 1960 Texas Demographic Center
3,855 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,724 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,752 1930 Texas Demographic Center