East Tawakoni, Texas

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East Tawakoni is a city in Rains County, Texas, United States. The population was 775 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 966.[3]



East Tawakoni is located at 32°54′11″N 95°56′39″W / 32.90306°N 95.94417°W / 32.90306; -95.94417 (32.902922, -95.944247)[4], along State Highway 276 in western Rains County. It is situated on the eastern shore of Lake Tawakoni, nine miles west of Emory.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.8 km²), of which, 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (2.16%) is water.


Marketed as a relaxed rural community with easy access to Dallas, East Tawakoni was established on June 6, 1967 after an election in which 30 of 45 residents voted in favor of incorporation.[6] A mayor (Grady A. Whitehead) and five aldermen (Raymond Briggs, A.L. Williams, D.A. "Doc" Vincent, A.O. Murphrey, and T.E. Bell) were elected on June 27, 1967. In a local option election held on on February 6, 1968, residents voted 38-32 (54.3%-45.7%) in favor of selling alcoholic beverages. The move ended more than 60 years of Rains County being wholly "dry". East Tawakoni had a population of 278 in 1970. That same year, a fire destroyed the city hall building and all of its records. City officials met in the garage of a local resident until a new building was constructed. The annexation of the Blue Heron Cove subdivision in 1986 doubled the size of East Tawakoni.[6] By 1990, the city was home to 542 people. The population grew to 775 in 2000, a 43 percent increase over the 1990 figure.[5]


  • Grady A. Whitehead (1967–1973)
  • John A. Smith (1973–1974)
  • A.L. Busby (1974–1978)
  • Vernon D. Van Asperen (1978–1984)
  • Allen Blair (1984–1990)
  • Duane Travis (1990–1992)
  • James "Buster" Thomas (1992–1998)
  • Bobbie Harman (1998–2002)
  • James "Buster" Thomas (2002–2004)
  • Gary Vaughan (2004–2007)
  • Mark Himelright (2007–2008)
  • James "Buster" Thomas (2008–present)

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