Rains, Wood
2010 Census - 504
2000 Census - 430
Alba, Texas
Alba Texas History:
The area was first settled in 1841 by gunsmith Joseph Simpkins and his family. W.W. Dale arrived after Simpkins and settled in the current Alba area. Community members platted the town in1881 after the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad built a line through town. The Alba post office was opened that same year. One of the first packages to arrive by rail was a telegraph office, and one of the first telegraphs brought news of President James Garfield’s 1881 assassination. By 1896, Alba had three churches, 15 businesses, a school and approximately 300 residents. After lignite coal was discovered in the area in 1900, the Texas Short Line Railway was built to transport coal from Alba and Hoyt to Grand Saline. By 1911, five area mines were producing 40,000 pounds of coal a month. Alba incorporated in the mid-1920s. The population dropped during the Great Depression from 2,000 in the late 1920s to 662 in the early 1930s. Oil was discovered in the area in 1948 and some area wells are still producing. The town’s economy benefits from its proximity to Lake Fork; several marinas are located near town. Alba is located a few miles southwest of Lake Fork at the intersection of SH 182 and U.S.69, 57 miles northeast of Athens, 55 miles southeast of Eustace and Purtis Creek State Park, 46 miles northeast of Terrell, 34 miles northeast of Wills Point, 33 miles northeast of Canton, 12.3 miles northeast of Grand Saline, 38 miles southeast of Greenville, 25 miles southeast of West Tawakoni, 20 miles southeast of East Tawakoni and Lake Tawakoni, 17 miles southeast of Point, 9.6 miles southeast of Emory, 51.5 miles south of Cooper, approximately 40 miles south of Jim Chapman Lake, 31 miles south of Sulphur Springs, 59.6 miles southwest of Mount Pleasant, 44.6 miles southwest of Mount Vernon, 34 miles southwest of Scroggins and Lake Bob Sandlin, 27.4 miles southwest of Winnsboro, 16 miles southwest of Yantis, 42 miles west of Gilmer, 11.6 miles west of Quitman, 59 miles northwest of Longview, 53 miles northwest of Tyler and Tyler Lake, 47 miles northwest of Chandler and Lake Palestine, 39 miles northwest of Tyler, 36 miles northwest of Big Sandy, 31 miles northwest of Hawkins and Lake Hawkins, 25 miles northwest of Lindale and Tyler State Park, and 13 miles northwest of Lake Holbrook and Mineola, Texas.
Historic Boyd-Field Cemetery:
From SH 69 in south Alba, take Hwy 17 South for 1.5 miles, then go east on oil lease road 0.3 miles to the cemetery.  
Alba (All Volunteer) Public Library & Museum:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Library volunteers can provide a list of area clubs and service organizations which area residents might wish to join. Library sponsored events include a variety of speakers, the Tuesday morning Children’s Storytime, and Thursday Game Day (cards, dominoes, word games). The museum features exhibits depicting the history of Alba and the surrounding area. The library is operated by volunteers. Membership is free. Open Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri, 10am-4pm; Sat, 10am-2pm; closed Wednesdays and Sundays. (903) 765-2665. The library is located on the town square at 109 East Holley Street, Alba, Texas 75410.  
Alba Community Center & Event Venue:
This facility is the site of community meetings and events, including Meals on Wheels meals served by members of the Alba Ladies Club and other community volunteers. This center is available for private and public event rentals. Pat Wright: (903) 765-2446. Nadine Phillips: (903) 765-2573. City of Alba: (903) 765-2396. City of Alba Email  
Annual Events and the Alba Ladies Club & Alba Activities Committee:
These two groups expend a lot of energy in promoting and producing Alba’s annual events which include a children’s Easter Egg Hunt, the September Alba County Fair, the Fall Festival and Wild Hog Cook-Off, and the Christmas Parade.
Annual Alba Country Fair, Last Thu-Sat in Sept:
Activities include Thursday night karaoke at the gazebo. Friday evening activities include gospel music, waterslides and vendors. Saturday activities include breakfast at the Methodist Church, a quilt show at the church, water slides, the Alba Ladies Club silent auction, a car and tractor show, a parade, live music and a street dance. Open Thursday, 5pm to closing. Open Fri, 5pm to closing. Open Saturday, 7am to 10pm. For current contacts, call the Alba United Methodist Church at (903) 765-3263, email the Lake Fork Chamber of Commerce, or Lake Fork Chamber of Commerce at email the City of Alba. 
Alba Farmers' Market:
The market is open during the growing season on Wednesdays and Saturdays beginning at 8am on the downtown square on Holley Street.