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map of Rusk County
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Physical Features: East Texas county on Sabine River, Angelina River divide; varied deep, sandy soils; over half in pines, hardwoods; Martin Creek Lake, Lake Cherokee, Lake Striker.

Economy: Oil and gas, lignite mining, electricity generation, agriculture.

History: Caddo area. Cherokees settled in the 1820s; removed in 1839. First Anglo-Americans arrived in 1829. Antebellum slaveholding area. County named for Republic, state leader Thomas J. Rusk; created and organized from Nacogdoches County in 1843.

Race/Ethnicity: (In percent) Anglo, 63.0; Black, 17.6; Hispanic, 17.3; Asian, 0.7; Other, 1.1; Two or more races, 1.8.

Vital Statistics, annual: Births, 645; deaths, 544; marriages, 335; divorces, 216.

Recreation: Water sports, Martin Creek Lake State Park, historic homes and sites, scenic drives, site of East Texas Field discovery oil well; Henderson syrup festival in November.

Minerals: Oil, natural gas, lignite.

Agriculture: Beef cattle, forage, poultry, nursery plants. Market value $100.2 million. Timber income substantial.

HENDERSON (13,517) county seat; power plant, mining, lumber, state jails; hospital, museum.

Other towns include: Joinerville (140); Laird Hill (300); Laneville (169); Minden (150); Mount Enterprise (439); New London (996) site of 1937 school explosion that killed 293 students and faculty; Overton (2,500, partly in Smith County) oil, lumbering center, petroleum processing, prison, A&M research center, blue-grass music festival in July; Price (275); Tatum (1,455, partly in Panola County); Turnertown-Selman City (271).

Also, part of Easton (651, mostly in Gregg County), part of Reklaw (384, mostly in Cherokee County), and part [3,013] of Kilgore (14,257 total).

a plant nursery near Price

A plant nursery near Price. Photo by Robert Plocheck.