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County
Rains
Region
Pineywoods
Population
2010 Census - 1,239
2000 Census - 1,021
Nearby
Towns
Emory, Texas
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Emory Texas History:
As early as 1840, the community of Springville was located just north of the Sabine River. Emory Rains settled east of this town in 1848. The town was platted by the late 1840s, and by 1857 it had a tannery, a gin and several residences. In 1870, Springville became the county seat of the newly formed Rains County, and the town was renamed Emory after Emory Rains who was instrumental in the formation of the county. The Emory post office was established that same year. A two room log house served as the courthouse until a two room courthouse was built in 1872. This courthouse and all the county records were destroyed in an 1879 fire. Another log house served as the courthouse until the 1884 brick courthouse was constructed. In approximately 1880, the Denison and Southeastern Railway built a line through the county and Emory became a shipping center for the area lumber industry. By 1885, the town had two churches, two sawmills, two cotton gins, two saloons, two hotels, a weekly newspaper, and 600 residents. By the 1920s, Emory was a prosperous town of 1,000 residents. During the Great Depression the population fell to 447. After Lake Tawakoni was impounded in 1960, the town grew due to an influx of retirees and visitors. Today the town’s economy is largely based on agriculture and tourism. Emory is located just west of Lake Fork and 8 miles east of Lake Tawakoni at the intersections of SH 276 (Tawakoni Drive), SH 19 (Texas Street) and U.S. 69, 73.5 miles northeast of Dallas, 43.5 miles east of Rockwall, 22.6 miles east of Quinlan, 15.7 miles east of West Tawakoni, 10.8 miles east of East Tawakoni, 28.6 miles southeast of Greenville, 38 miles southeast of Commerce, 42 miles south of Cooper, 35 miles south of Jim Chapman Lake, 61 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant, 45 miles southwest of Mount Vernon, 21.4 miles southwest of Sulphur Springs, 58 miles southwest of Pittsburg, 45 miles southwest of Lake Bob Sandlin, 37 miles southwest of Winnsboro, 15 miles southwest of Yantis, 40 miles northwest of Hawkins, 34 miles northwest of Lindale, 22.3 miles northwest of Mineola, 21 miles northwest of Quitman, 48 miles north of Athens, 49 miles northeast of Gun Barrel City and the Cedar Creek Reservoir, 45 miles northeast of Eustace and Purtis Creek State Park, 23.4 miles northeast of Canton, 24 miles northeast of Wills Point, and 36.7 miles northeast of Terrell, Texas. 
 
Historic Emory Rains, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“Texas pioneer Emory Rains served as an Alcalde under Mexican rule and as a counselor in the East Texas Regulator-Moderator War of the 1840s. As a senator in the Republic of Texas Congress, he helped pass the Homestead Act. Rains also served in the 1845 Constitutional Convention and in the State Legislature, where he worked for the formation of this county, which was named in his honor. The Rains County Seat, Emory, was also named for him.” 
 
Rains County Courthouse, 1908:  
This brick and concrete courthouse was designed in classical revival style by architect Andrew J. Bryan. When the current courthouse was constructed, it was built around the old vault from the 1884 courthouse building, thus preventing the addition of an entrance on the courthouse’s north side. Rains County is the fourth smallest county in Texas. Rains county is the fourth smallest county in Texas. The 2010 Rains County census was 10,914. (903) 473-5000. 167 East Quitman Street, Emory, TX 75440. 
 
A.C. McMillian African American Museum:
Collections include African artifacts, African American art and a slavery collection. Research collections include African Americans on U.S. postage stamps, Negro Baseball Leagues, Reconstruction in Texas, the Rosenwald Schools in the south, and the Buffalo Soldiers. (903) 474-0083. 418 Texas Street.
 
Cotton Pickin' Theater, City of Point, TX:
This renovated cotton gin hosts the “Shindig Band” each Saturday night at 7:30pm, except the 4th Saturday. Each show features guest vocalists and musicians performing traditional country and gospel songs. On the 4th Saturday of each month the Rural American Idol holds singing competitions for all ages. The 1st and 3rd Saturday nights feature Country music. (903) 598-2571. (903) 598-3296. The theater is located at 223 Locust Street (U.S. 69) in Point, Texas. The City of Point is located on U.S. 69, 6 miles southeast of Lone Oak, 7.5 miles northwest of Emory, 17.8 miles northeast of Quinlan, 11.4 miles northeast of West Tawakoni, and 6 miles northeast of East Tawakoni, Texas. Email  Point Texas Map 
 
Rains County Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon, Wed & Fri, 10am-5pm; Tue & Thu, 10am-6pm; Sat, 10am-2pm; closed Sunday. (903) 473-5000, Ext. 283. 150 Doris Briggs Parkway.
 
Dalusa Organic Ranch, 120 Acres, Point, TX:
Stephanie McCarter raises 100% organic grass-fed beef. Carter rotates pasture grazing on native Texas grasses, and has two natural ponds for water use. Beef is dry aged for 21 days, wrapped in cellophane instead of plastics, and sold pre-ordered as whole, haves, and split halves. It is sold by the cut on site or from a pick-up site in Dallas near Walnut Hill Lane and North Central Expressway. Cuts are also available at Roy’s Natural Market at 130 Preston Royal Village in Dallas. They also sell organic fed Hereford mixed cows and heifers; photos available by email. (903) 598-6822. The ranch is located at 2755 Rains County Road 1490, Point, Texas, 75472. Email 
 
Annual Eagle Fest, Jan or Feb:
Activities include bald eagle barge tours on Lake Fork, arts & crafts, birds of prey demonstrations, and live music. (903) 473-3913. (800) 561-1182. This event is held at the Rains Jr. High School Campus on U.S. 69, northwest of Emory, Texas. Email
 
Annual Rains County Founders Day Festival, Last Weekend in Late April or Early May:
Activities include the Friday night “The Taste of Rains” hosted by local restaurants, a silent auction, a quilt show, Wildcat Bingo, a pancake breakfast, a 2K Run, the “Forever Forde” car show, kids’ activities, a chicken roast, a kid’s tractor pull, shows and exhibits a 42 domino tournament, a 3 X 3 basketball tournament, the annual Duck Derby, and a live music concert at the RHS Wildcat Stadium. (903) 473-2465, Ext. 112. Activities are held at the Rains County Fairgrounds on the southwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 69 and SH 19, and at the City Park (Rubye McKeown Park) at the corner of Quitman and Alexander Streets.  
 
Annual Rains County Fair, 5 Days in Sept:
Activities include juried art exhibits, pageants, a silent auction, the Annual Classics around the Square car show, a parade, a chili and BBQ cook-off, the Young Actors Christian Theater, a country and western dance, a junior livestock awards and sale, mutton bustin, and other traditional fair activities. This event is held at the Rains County Fairgrounds on the southwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 69 and SH 19. (903) 473-3913. (903) 473-4580.
 
Annual American Hero’s Motorcycle Fun Run & Barbeque, 1st Saturday in Oct:
This fundraiser is sponsored by the Rains County Area Law Enforcement Association & blue Knights chapter VIII to benefit county-wide emergency first responders. Activities include the fun run, a BBQ cook-off, and a Texas Hold Em’ Tournament. This event is held at the Rains County Fairgrounds on the southwest corner of the intersection of U.S. 69 and SH 19. (903) 473-3913. (903) 474-9003. 2012 Event Schedule
 
Annual Christmas on the Square, 1st Saturday in Dec:
Activities include a BBQ cook-off, a Christmas parade, free photos with Santa at the courthouse, the Christmas tree lighting, and a Christmas concert in the park by the Rains High School Band. (903) 473-3913.
 
Chubby’s Diner:
(903) 473-3325. 609 South Texas Street. Reviews
 
Big Mouth Burgers:
The restaurant has been under new ownership since September, 2014. (903) 474-4444. 129 North Planters Street. 
 
Four Winds Steakhouse, Wills Point, TX:
They serve great food in a fine dining environment with great views. The restaurant is located in the ranch house of former Dallas Cowboy Lee Roy Jordan. The chef is Frank Rumore, the former chef at Del Frisco’s. Reservations are available online or by calling after 2pm. (903) 873-2225. 21191 FM 47, Wills Point, 31 miles slightly northwest of Mineola, 18 miles slightly northwest of Grand Saline, 14 miles northwest of Canton, 20 miles northeast of Kaufman, 16 miles slightly southeast of Terrell, 24 miles southwest of Emory and 18 miles southeast of Quinlan, Texas. Wills Point Map; Click to Enlarge  Reviews   
 
East Fork Restaurant & Club & Dance Floor, Yantis:
This venue is located on Lake Fork. It serves great Mexican food, hand cut steaks, burgers and other menu items. Pool is free on Mondays. Pool tournaments are held on Tuesdays. Friday is karaoke night. Shuffleboard tournaments are held nightly. The club hosts live music on Saturdays, and all day tailgate parties on Sundays with free food, televised sports, NASCAR races, and no cover charge. Other amenities and activities include volleyball, horseshoes, washers, and a 2,000 square foot dance floor. Club: (903) 383-7007. Restaurant: (903) 383-7008. The club is located at 898 CR 1895, Yantis, at the West SH 154 and FM 515 intersection. Yantis is located 15 miles northeast of Emory. Reviews