2010 Census - 847
2000 Census - 752
Beckville, Texas
Beckville Texas History:
The town was named for Matthew W. Beck who settled in the area around 1850. The Beckville post office opened in 1857. The original town site was located approximately 1 mile southeast of the present town site. When the Texas, Sabine Valley and Northwestern Railway was built through the county in 1886, the townspeople demanded such high prices for their property that railroad officials bypassed it a mile to the south. Joe Biggs sold a right-of-way to the railroad, and platted the new townsite. Businesses and residents from the original townsite moved to the new townsite to be closer to the railroad. A 1917 fire destroyed much of the downtown business district. Beckville incorporated by 1929. In 1990 the town had 15 businesses and 783 residents. Beckville City Park amenities include little league fields, a playground, picnic tables, and a parking lot. The park is located between FM 149 and FM 959. The city also owns and manages the Thomas Rea Adams and Mary Shivers Multi-Purpose and Senior Center. Beckville is located a short distance west of the Sabine River at the intersections of SH 149, FM 124 and FM 959, 10 miles northwest of Carthage, 28 miles northeast of Henderson, 22 miles northeast of Lake Murvaul, 34 miles southeast of Kilgore, 12 miles southeast of Martin Creek Lake State Park, 7 miles southeast of Tatum, and 26.6 miles southwest of Marshall, Texas.
Miss Jane Library & Museum:
The library and museum features artifacts, historical information, genealogy materials and family stories from the Beckville community. Sisters Phyllis Martin and Jane Metcalf, and their cousin Ruby Smith were instrumental in the founding of the museum. The museum is located in the 1918 Beckville Continental Bank building which the widow and grandson of building owner Alber Key sold to the ladies for the building’s tax roll value, $6,000. (903) 678-2145. The museum is located on Washington Street at the corner of Monroe Street, Beckville, Texas 75631.
Starr Family Home State Historic Site Information, Marshall, TX:
The Starr family’s Texas history spans over 170 years. Four generations of Starrs lived in Maplecroft, an 1880 Victorian Italianate style house. Over time the house was renovated, modified, and enlarged to suit the occupant. Speaking tubes were installed, connecting the kitchen to the other rooms, and a cistern was built. A lightening rod was added, gas lighting was installed, and a windmill and water tower were built to provide running water by gravity fed water pressure. In the early 1890's, the Starr-Blake Home was built on the back of the property for Ruth Starr Blake when she married. Homes owned by the other Starr daughters still exist in the neighborhood. Various outbuildings were added including a schoolhouse for Starr's daughters. The facilities available for touring include the schoolhouse (converted to a laundry in the 1930s), the Starr-Blake home, the Maplecroft house, and the 1830s Rosemont wing. The homes are furnished with Starr family furnishings and artifacts. The Maplecroft library displays Dr. Starr’s collection of Republic of Texas currency. Additional site amenities include a Texas history bookstore and gift shop, art exhibits, and traveling exhibits. Maplecroft is ADA compliant, with the exception of the 2nd floor. The grounds and the Blake house are available year round for weddings, receptions, parties, group meetings and other events. From November to January, the homes are decorated to reflect a Victorian Christmas. Millions of lights decorate the site for the Winterland of Lights Festival, and candlelight tours and dinners are given. Almost 500,000 people visit the Star Historic Site during the holiday season.Guided tours of Maplecroft take approximately 1 hour; fees apply. Group tours are available by appointment. This SHS hosts special events. Open Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 12pm-4pm. (903) 935-3044. 407 West Travis Street, Marshall, Texas 75670. For more information read the park brochure and the April 2007 Park of the Month article, and go to the Starr Family Home SHS Home Page.