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Polk County Chamber of Commerce

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Welcome to Polk County and thank you for your interest in one of the best recreational spots in the beautiful woods of East Texas. Our Chamber of Commerce strives to make Polk County a better place to live, play and conduct business. We are constantly planning for the future so that our area will remain a great place to raise a family, spend some leisurely time or just enjoy your retirement years. There are more than 20 different communities in our county, including the incorporated cities of Livingston, Corrigan, Onalaska, Goodrich and Seven Oaks. Numerous small communities are scattered throughout the county.

Our chamber is an excellent resource and referral center for information and services for Polk County visitors and residents alike. We are a community full of history and heritage that we take pride and pleasure in sharing. There are 45 historical markers in Polk County that indicate our noteworthy past.

We are home to the oldest Indian Reservation in Texas. Over 500 Native Americans currently reside in the Alabama-Coushatta community. The reservation occupies over 4,600 acres in Polk County.

Lake Livingston is the second largest lake within the state of Texas, with approximately 93,000 surface acres of water covering several counties and including 450 shoreline miles in Polk County alone. The lake provides boating, water skiing, fishing, birding and camping opportunities to thousands of people every year. It is also the largest single-purpose water supply lake in Texas, serving the needs of the Lower Trinity River Basin and the Houston/Galveston metroplex. Lake Livingston State Park, located just outside of the city of Livingston provides campsites, RV facilities, recreational areas, an inland swimming pool and a lighted fishing pier, as well as access to the lake.

Polk County is also home to the national headquarters for the Escapees RV Club. The approximately 100-acre park is home to many full-time and part-time RV-ers. The Escapee park is approximately six miles south of Livingston, on Highway 146.

We are proud of the education that we provide to the children of Polk County. With six different school districts, as well as several Christian and private schools in our county, we provide a well-rounded educational experience. With the recent passage of a bond election, Livingston ISD will build a new high school, which is scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2011.

Livingston Memorial Medical Center is home to several hundred doctors, specialists, medical personnel and support staff. The Medical Center Hospital has recently built a six-story tower to increase its bed capacity. It provides excellent healthcare to the greater Polk County area.

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These areas of interest are only a glimpse into the many activities and businesses that Polk County has to offer. From our quaint antique and merchant shops, bed & breakfasts and abundance of dining establishments, we can cater to a diverse audience. Tourism is a large part of the economic growth of Polk County. So I encourage you to come and explore our communities. Polk County is a great place for relaxation and recreation. We are also a great place to relocate your family and/or business. If retirement is on your mind, come explore our community activities and consider Polk County for those golden years.

I encourage you to browse through this magazine and if you have any questions about our community, please contact the Polk County Office of the Chamber of Commerce at (936) 327-4929.

Hope to see you soon in Polk County!

Brian Bounds
Chamber President 2009

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