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County
Wood
Region
Pineywoods
Population
2010 Census - 1,809
2000 Census - 2,030
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Towns
Quitman, Texas
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Quitman Texas History:
Quitman was founded in 1850 as the county seat of the newly organized Wood County. It was named for Mexican War veteran and Mississippi governor John A. Quitman. By 1870, it had 320 residents. The lack of a railroad and other transportation facilities was largely responsible for this slow growth. In 1872, the Texas and Pacific Railway offered to build a line from Longview into Wood County in exchange for a $100,000 payment in the form of county bonds. James Stephen Hogg was instrumental in getting the bond proposal defeated. The railroad then built a line to Sodom, later renamed Mineola. By the 1920s, Quitman had developed into a business center for area farmers. By 1930, Quitman had 950 residents and 35 businesses. Like most small Texas towns, the town’s population dropped during the Great Depression. The 1941 discovery of oil in the Quitman area and the 1962 impoundment of Lake Mineola and Lake Quitman caused the town to grow. Numerous other small fishing lakes are located in the Quitman area. Quitman is the birthplace of actress Sissy Spacek. Quitman is located at the intersections of SH 37, SH 182 (W. Bermuda Street) SH 154 (E. Goode Street), SH 37 (Winnsboro and S. Main Streets), FM 2966, FM 208 and FM 778, 11.6 miles east of Alba, 5 miles east of Lake Fork, 65 miles southeast of Rockwall, 33 miles southeast of Lake Tawakoni, 4 miles south of Lake Quitman, 21.3 miles southeast of Emory, 50 miles southeast of Greenville, 43 miles southeast of Jim Chapman Lake, 27 miles southeast of Sulphur Springs, 12 miles southeast of Yantis, 33 miles southwest of Mount Vernon, 48 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant, 37 miles southwest of Pittsburg, 24 miles southwest of Scroggins and Lake Bob Sandlin, 16 miles southwest of Winnsboro, 9 miles southwest of Lake Winnsboro, 58 miles west of Lake O’ the Pines, 30 miles slightly northwest of Gilmer, 59 miles northwest of Longview, 35 miles northwest of Tyler, 27 miles northwest of Hawkins, 21.5 miles north of Lindale, 39.7 miles northeast of Canton,10 miles northeast of Mineola, and 56 miles slightly northeast of Terrell, Texas. 
 
Wood County Courthouse, 1925:
This brick courthouse was designed in classical revival style by architect C. H. Leinbach. The contractor was Rice Construction Co. It has undergone three renovations with few alterations made to its original structure, other than a tasteful addition being added in 1950. The 2010 Wood County census was 41,964. (903) 763-2716. 100 South Main Street, Quitman, TX 75783. Email  Phone Contacts    
 
Governor Jim Hogg City Park:
This site was formerly managed by the State of Texas at the Governor Hogg Shrine Historic Site. It is now managed by the City of Quitman as Quitman City Park. Governor Hogg was a newspaper publisher, justice of the peace, county attorney, state attorney general, and the first native born Governor of Texas (1891-1895). There are several buildings located on site including the 1869 Stinson home. It was moved to this location in 1969, and was the site of Hogg’s wedding. It now houses a museum. The Honeymoon Cottage Museum is the former home of the Governor and his wife Sallie. The Miss Ima Hogg Museum serves as the park headquarters and features permanent and rotating exhibits on the history of northeast Texas. The other museums contain items belonging to the Stinson and Hogg families. A Memorial Shrine dedicated to the Governor was created in 1941. The fairly new Lightcrust Doughboys Museum is located at the Quitman Chamber of Commerce building in the park. Also located on site is the early 1900s Old George Bridge, a pony truss, steel bridge containing 95% of its original wood; it was moved to this location in 1986. Other amenities include gardens, walking trails, reservable group picnic sites, a reservable group pavilion, a reservable tabernacle pavilion, a snack bar, restrooms, a playground, gardens, and 19 RV sites with full hookups including cable. Open Mon-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sunday, 1pm-5pm; closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Special group tours are available by prior arrangement. Reservations: (903) 763-4411. 101 Governor Hogg Parkway, Quitman, TX 75783.
 
Lightcrust Doughboys Museum & Hall of Fame:
The museum features photographs, documents, memorabilia and musical instruments that depict the history of the Doughboys and their impact on the evolution of Western Swing. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. This museum is located at the Quitman Chamber of Commerce building in the Governor James Hogg State Historic Park. (903) 763-4411. 100 Governor Hogg Parkway.
 
Quitman Community Theatre:
They offer live performances to the public, and acting classes for youth. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 7:30pm; Sunday matinees begin at 2pm. Tickets are available by reservation or at the door. (903) 967-2164. They perform at the Carroll Green Civic Center at 602 S. McAllister Street. From Mineola take SH 37 to Quitman. In Quitman go west (left) at the Dairy Queen and drive one block to the Civic Center on the left side of the road. Email     
 
Quitman 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. The Wood County Genealogical Society is housed at the library. Society members are available to aid researchers by appointment. Open Tue-Fri, 10am-6pm; closed Saturday through Monday. (903) 763-4191. 202 East Goode Street.