|When Anderson County was formed on March 24, 1846, from Houston County, both Fort Houston and Mound Prairie claimed the privilege of the county seat. William Bigelow and J.R. Fulton owned 525 acres where Palestine now stands. These two enterprising merchants, seeing the opportunity to increase their holdings, offered the commissioners 100 acres on which to build the new town. And the commissioners court decided in favor to the two men's generous offer.|
|Climate . . .
Anderson County is located in what is called the Post Oak Belt of Texas. Elevation in the county ranges from 200 to 700 feet. The area has a moderate climate with a yearly normal temperature of 69 degrees. The average daily minimum temperature is 58 degrees, and the average daily maximum temperature is 75 degrees. Average precipitation totals approximately 38 inches, and the
sun shines an average of 65 percent of the time.
|Economy . . .
Historically, Palestine's economy has evolved from business generated by being a port on the Trinity River to agriculture, to railroading, to petroleum, to diversified manufacturing, and more recently to distribution and services.
Palestine is experiencing quite an economic boom. Recent activities and accomplishments include $1.4 million in improvements at the Palestine Municipal Airport, including a 1,000-foot runway expansion.
Wal-Mart has 1 million square foot distribution facility just west of town. Major improvements are planned for Reagan Park.
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|Agriculture . . .
Agriculture continues to be an important part of Anderson County's economy.
The industry grossed $69,202,910 in 1993. The county's top producers are beef cattle, hay and other feed, timber, exotic game birds, commercial truck farming, swine and dairy.
Transportation . . .
We are fortunate to have five major highways coming through Palestine. Access to the various regional markets is excellent. Union Pacific operates a major railroad terminal here with the intersection of their major North, South, and Mexico lines in Palestine. Palestine Municipal Airport offers landing, hangar and ground support for private and charter aircraft.
Medical . . .
|Culture . . .
Cultural events are available throughout the year. The Palestine Community Theater produces four plays each season.
Named the "Outstanding Library
in the United States" in 1992, the Palestine
The Palestine YMCA opened on October 6, 1892, and celebrated its 100th year of service in 1992. The YMCA features programs for all ages that include exercise, weight training, swimming, sports and more. The YMCA is constructing a new facility in 1995.
The Palestine Civic Center offers 25,000 square feet of entertainment possibilities under one roof. It is ideal for concerts, receptions, banquets, conventions, plays, etc. Seating capacity is 1,374 in the auditorium. The stage is professionally equipped and the multi-purpose room has a complete catering kitchen.
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|Come & Join Us . . .
Take a step back to a quieter time, where you'll enjoy the unhurried pace of
days gone by. Yet Palestine is part of a vibrant and dynamic region that boasts
an incredible array of natural resources.
Come to play; come to stay. Enjoy the good life in Anderson County. We at United Country Southland Realty stand ready to serve your every real estate need.
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