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County
Rusk
Region
Pineywoods
Population
2010 Census - 447
2000 Census - 525
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Mount Enterprise, Texas
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Mount Enterprise Texas History: 
Charles Vinson and his brother settled in the area in 1850. The town was named for a nearby elevation and the brothers’ business enterprises. Charles Vinson owned a factory that made wagons, buggies, furniture, plows, caskets and a patented churn. At one time he had a chain of four stores selling these items. The town’s economy was also based on area plantations and lumbering. The Mulberry Grove post office was established in 1846 with Henry Henson as postmaster. The name was changed to Mount Enterprise in 1849. By 1880 the town had three sawmills, a hotel, two cotton gins, a school, three churches and 150 residents. By 1894, the Caro Northern Railway operated a 16.5 mile logging rail line connecting the Texas and New Orleans railroad to a location within 1.5 miles of Mount Enterprise. The town then moved to the railroad site and became known as New Mount Enterprise. The old town was called Old Mount Enterprise. The railroad was abandoned in 1934. Mount Enterprise incorporated in 1939. Mount Enterprise is located near the Attoyac Bayou at the intersections of U.S. 84, SH 314 and U.S. 259, 41 miles northeast of Alto, 30 miles northeast of Rusk, 39 miles east of Jacksonville, 53 miles southeast of Tyler, 36 miles southeast of Kilgore, 18.4 miles southeast of Henderson, 47 miles south of Longview, 27 Miles southwest of Carthage, 14 miles southwest of Lake Murvaul, 17.5 miles west of Timpson, 54 miles northwest of San Augustine, 34 miles northwest of Center, 15.5 miles northwest of Garrison and Lake Timpson, 43 miles north of Lufkin, and 22 miles north of Nacogdoches, Texas.
 
Monte Verdi Plantation House, 1856:
This Greek revival style house was built by Julien Sidney Devereux on his a 10,721 acre plantation. After his 1856 death, his wife ran the plantation. It remained in the family until around 1900. Over the years, the plantation home has had several owners, and the land was slowly sold off. Mr. & Mrs. Lowry purchased the home in the 1950s. They restored it and purchased the 1844 Birdwell House log cabin and moved it to the location of the original plantation kitchen. The house is now owned by the Koch family, who has furnished the home with period pieces. The house is open for special events, and for tours by appointment. A small tour fee applies. The grounds are available for weddings and family reunions. The house is a Texas Historical Landmark. (903) 863-2633. The house is located at 11992 CR 4233, Cushing, Texas. Email  Cushing Texas Area Map 
 
Morrow Branch Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. The library is open Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm; closed Saturdays and Sundays. (903) 822-3532. 11 W. Rusk Street.Email 
 
Durango's Canyon:
This amphitheater is a natural crater that is 60 feet deep and 300 yards in diameter. It is thought that the Caddo Indians used the crater for playing tribal games.Live music concerts are held in the crater from April through October. Amenities include full RV hookups, cabins, tent campsites, golf cart and ATV trails, fishing ponds, a swimming hole and restrooms. (903) 657-7327. From Henderson go 12 miles south on U.S. 259, then take FM 1798 west for one mile.
 
Birding Henderson, Smith and Rusk Counties:
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Bird Checklist for Pineywoods of Eastern Texas
Northeast Texas Bird Checklist
Henderson County Bird Checklist with Photos
Smith County Bird Checklist with Photos
Rusk County Bird Checklist with Photos
Panola County Bird Checklist with Photos
 
Texas Wildflowers:
Due to budget constraints, TX-DOT no longer maintains a website offering spring wildflower sightings. Information is available at the Texas Highways Magazine.
 
Rusk County Wildflower Tours:
The best time to view the three wildflower tours is April `15th through May.  Information is available from the Henderson Civic Center at 1005 SH 64 West in Henderson. (866) 650-5529. Brochure

Mosquito Information:
The months of April through October are the worst months for mosquitoes. Rub yourself with Bounce Fabric Softener sheets, or with Vicks Vapor Rub or pure Mexican Vanilla. Some swear taking a daily vitamin B-1 pill works to repel mosquitoes. Mosquitoes love you when you eat bananas. Mosquitoes are also attracted to some perfumes, including perfumed shampoos. Planting Marigolds in your yard repels mosquitoes. On a picnic table try covering the bottom of a white plate with “lemon fresh” dish wash soap, or use citronella candles. Home Depot sometimes sells the candles in small metal buckets. The ThermaCell Mosquito Repellant is also quite effective in ridding small outdoor areas of mosquitos. Dynatrap Company makes a large standing electric mosquito machine that works like electric bug zappers. It is very successful at making large areas mosquito free. When purchasing mosquito repellent buy those with the ingredient N, N-diethyl-M-toluamide. The fine net clothing available from Cabela’s and other sporting goods stores is highly effective in preventing mosquito bites.
 
Attoyac Bayou & Map:
The bayou is formed in southeast Rusk County near the town of Mount Enterprise. It flows approximately 58 miles southeast and empties into the Angelina River and Sam Rayburn Reservoir. It forms the boundary between Nacogdoches, Shelby, and San Augustine Counties for much of its course. The lower section of the bayou has sufficient water for recreational activities almost year round; however, the upper section is extremely seasonal in nature. The entire length of the bayou is characterized by log jams which are often the major handicap to navigation.
 
Lake Timpson, 223 Acres, Garrison, TX:
Lake Timpson was impounded on Blackwater Creek. It is owned by the Shelby County Freshwater District No. 1 in Timpson. The lake produces a large number of trophy sized bass. Crappie and catfish are also present, though not in large numbers. Amenities include a 2 lane ramp (accommodates all boat types) and a picnic area. The boat ramp is open year round; no fees apply. Lake maps are available from the Shelby County Freshwater district office. Shelby County: (936) 254-2421. Boat Ramp: Take U.S. 59 four miles east of Garrison. At the lake sign, turn south on FM 2667 and drive to the boat ramp. Lake Records  Stocking History 
 
Lake Murvaul Information:
This 3,820 acre lake was impounded on Murvaul Bayou in 1958. It has a maximum depth of 36 feet. Lake activities include boating, water sports, fishing, hiking and camping. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, crappie, channel catfish, flathead catfish, bluegill, and redear sunfish. The lake has an excellent largemouth bass fishery, and produces bass over 8 pounds. Largemouth bass fishing is best January through March. Amenities include a children’s park, campsites, picnic areas, a marina, boat ramps and docks, a fishing pier, fish cleaning stations, a fish weighing station, trails, a picnic pavilion and restrooms. The lake is located lake approximately 15 miles northeast of Mount Enterprise and 12 miles southwest of Carthage off FM 1970.For more complete lake information, go to the Lake Murvaul Home Page  Lake Murvaul Location Map  Current Lake Level  TPWD Lake Facilities Map
 
Lake Nacogdoches Information:
The lake was impounded on Loco Bayou in 1976. It has a maximum depth of 40 feet. Parks are located on the east and west sides of the lake. The lake is very popular for its largemouth bass, crappie, and sunfish fishing. The record bass was just over 14 pounds. The lake is operated by the City of Nacogdoches. (936) 564-3708. Lake Nacogdoches is just north of FM 225, approximately 9 miles west of Nacogdoches. For more complete lake information, go to the Lake Nacogdoches Home Page. Lake Location Map  Current Lake Level  TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
 
Alazan Bayou WMA Information:
This 2,063 acre Wildlife Management Area was purchased in 1991 to preserve mature bottomland hardwood forests adjacent to the Angelina River.Habitat consists of these forests and fields adjacent to the Angelina River, and Loco Bayou and Moral Creek. Hunting is available on the Blount and the Old River Tracts. Wildlife includes waterfowl, white-tailed deer, woodcock, rabbits, turkey, squirrels and feral hogs. Hunting for deer with firearms is prohibited. Primitive camping is permitted in designated campsites. Horseback riding is allowed March 16-September 26th. All horses must have proof of a negative Coggins test. All visitors are required to register with the park. There are three entrances along FM 2782 with information and registration stations located at each entrance. The only other amenity is the ADA compliant wildlife observation platform. Bring water and insect repellant. (936) 569-8547. The office is located at 1805 E. Lufkin, Lufkin, Texas. For more complete WMA information, go to the Alazan Bayou WMA Home Page. The WMA is located approximately 6.2 miles southwest of Nacogdoches. From Nacogdoches take U.S. 59 South for approximately 6.2 miles. Go west on FM 2782 for 1.1 miles.
 
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar
 
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
                      
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