Rusk County's seat, Henderson is located at the junction of
several highways. US 79 comes from Round Rock and continues into Louisiana and
Arkansas; US 259 comes from Nacogdoches and drifts north to Interstate 20 and
Longview. SH 64 connects us with Tyler and SH 43 travels through Tatum on its
Henderson was named for James Pinckney Henderson, the first
governor of Texas and was laid out in 1843. A fire destroyed much of the
downtown area in 1860. The completion of the railroad in 1877 swelled its
population to 1500 and by 1930, there were 3000 people in the town. But "Dad"
Joiner's oil well made it a boomtown, literally overnight, with an increase to
10,000 citizens by 1933.
Henderson High School
- 1939. (118kb)
Can you put names to any of these faces? We've found a classmate with a
good memory. She believes that this is the "H" Association, which was a group of
people who lettered in athletics and cheerleading.
1. Coach J B Adams
2. Sid Oliver
3. "Pie" Cole
4. Thera Dell Cannon
5. Gail Doerge
6. Ann Laurence
7. Vincent Evans
8. Jean Mullins
9. Tom Moore
10 ? Reece
11. Not sure
12. Jack Thrasher
13. Clyde Propes
15. Coach Guy Curtright
1. Adrain Gentry
2. James Dunn
3. O Z Walton
4. Earl Elliot
5. Arch Wylie
8. Orvil Todd
9. James Mansinger
10. Jack Gray
1. ? Watt
3. Jim Williamson
4. ? Skelton
5. James Farley
6. Talmadge Phillips
7. W R Dunklin
8. Michael Kangerga
9. Johnny Bateman
10. Bill McCarter
11. Otis Armstrong
||Henderson has played an important role in Texas history by
being one of the major "gateways" into the state and there are many Historical
Markers located through the city. My personal favorite is the Arnold outhouse
which allows us the distinction of having the "Best Little Outhouse in Texas".
The Depot Museum
is located in Henderson along with the Children's Discovery
Center, the first "hands-on" historical education center for children in the state.
||We also have an authentic log cabin on the property, along with replicas
of a printing office, a general store, and a dentist's office.
The Rusk County Library is on the square
in historic downtown Henderson and contains a very good genealogical department.
106 East Main Street
Henderson, TX 75652
A classic photograph of
Other Local Attractions:
Main Street Project -
Downtown Henderson is a noted Historic District
Rusk County Youth Expo Center,
a mile west of the city is one of the finest facilities of
its kind with every weekend booked for special activities.
Heritage Syrup Festival -
we close off downtown and spend a day in November reminiscing about our county's history.
Wildflower Trails -
there are three driving trails that offer spectacular photo opportunities
in the spring. Contact
Henderson's Department of Tourism for a brochure.
There are several
cemeteries in town:
Lakewood Memorial Cemetery
Old City Cemetery