Lone Oak

Lone Oak, Hunt County, Texas

Lone Oak, Hunt County, Texas

View of downtown Lone Oak, a small city located in southeastern Hunt County, Texas. Photograph by Renelibrary.

Lone Oak is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 69 and Farm roads 513 and 1567, ten miles southeast of Greenville in southeastern Hunt County. The first settlers arrived in the area in the late 1850s. By the eve of the Civil War a community had developed and was named for an impressive oak tree that stood alone on the grass-covered prairie. Postal authorities established a branch at Lone Oak in 1869. Twelve years later the tracks of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad reached the community, which was incorporated in 1890. By that time Lone Oak had become a shipping point for area farmers. It had a steam gristmill, a cotton gin, 800 residents, three churches, a school, the weekly Lone Oak Call, and over forty businesses. The population increased to 1,200 by 1914, when the number of businesses surpassed sixty and included two banks. The population remained above 1,000 until the Great Depression and World War II. In 1945 the number of residents had declined to 735 and businesses to twenty-four. The construction of Lake Tawakoni two miles southwest of the town in the early 1960s slowed the decline, and in 1988 Lone Oak had 467 residents and six businesses. In 1990 and again in 2000 the population was 521.

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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Place type

Lone Oak is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.99598670
    Longitude
    -95.94101500

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Population Counts

Lone Oak
Pop. Year Source
676 2019 Texas Demographic Center
598 2010 Texas Demographic Center
521 2000 Texas Demographic Center
521 1990 Texas Demographic Center