"Paradise in the Pines"
Houston County is best described as “A Paradise in the Pines.” Located deep in the heart of the Davy Crockett National Forest, it offers residents and visitors a complete array of recreation and entertainment. Houston County is earning a reputation for insightful progress and strong economic growth. The area combines the best in modern Texas living with traditional hometown values. Houston County’s communities have become a popular spot for people who want to work or retire in a region centrally located to Texas’ largest cities. Everyone is always welcome in Houston County, a true “Paradise in the Pines.”
The city of Kennard, which was established in 1906 as a timber operation community, is an important part of the largest national forest in Texas. Incorporated in 1969, it remains an integral part of the timber industry.
Grapeland (Queen City of the Sandflats) is located in the northern part of Houston County. Grapeland was founded in 1872 by International & Great Northern Rail Investors, and was named for rank, wild grapevines encountered during rail construction. The city is known for its production of peanuts and watermelons.
The City of Latexo is south of Grapeland, and was founded around the late 1800s and incorporated in 1979. The name Latexo was derived from “LA” for Louisiana, “Tex” for Texas and “O” for Orchard. The Louisiana-Texas Orchard Company purchased several hundred acres of land, and planted a variety of trees in what is now Latexo. Southern Houston County is home to Lovelady, founded in 1827. The state of Texas granted Cyrus Lovelady 320 acres on the waters of White Rock Creek, and Lovelady was born from this parcel. The railroad helped to put Lovelady on the map, and the town was incorporated in 1859.
Crockett, the county seat, is in the center of Houston County. Incorporated by an act of the Republic of Texas on December 29, 1836, the town was named for Tennessee scout and national hero Davy Crockett. Crockett, while on his way to the Alamo in San Antonio, camped in this area, and was reunited with Tennessee neighbor and friend Elijah Gossett. Later, Andrew Edward Gossett, Elijah’s son, donated the land to build a town that he and his father named Crockett, Texas.
Since the early Spanish Mission, Deep East Texas has been an important commercial crossroads. Growth opportunities are abundant in Houston County because of its central location between Houston, Dallas, Austin, Tyler and other cities. The temperate climate, as well as the excellent healthcare and quality schools available to residents, makes Houston County an excellent place to raise a family or to relax and retire.
There is much to do here — shopping is abundant, antiques are available, and dining and entertainment aren’t hard to find. Outdoor recreation is our specialty, as we enjoy Houston County’s abundant lakes, rivers and forests. Festivals, auctions, plays, concerts, rodeos and many historical sites provide something for everyone who visits us in our “Paradise in the Pines.”