Hallsville, Texas

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Hallsville is a city in Harrison County, Texas, United States, located 13 miles (21 km) west of the county seat, Marshall on U.S. Highway 80. The population was 2,772 at the 2000 census.



Early history

The area of Hallville was first settled when the train station was settled around and named after Elijah Hall 1 mile (1.6 km) west of the site of Fort Crawford by W. C. Crawford. In 1849 the fort is reported to have had two post offices and a two-story building that served as church, Masonic hall, and school. In 1869, when an independent Southern Pacific Railway crossed 1 mile (1.6 km) north of Fort Crawford, the settlers moved to the railroad and named the new settlement for a railroad official Hall. A post office named Hallsville opened in 1869. From 1869 to 1872 the town was the terminus of the railroad, and the railroad company built a general office and machine shops there to help service the unit. The community incorporated for the first time in 1870. In 1872, when the Texas and Pacific acquired the railroad and built out to Longview in Gregg County,Texas, Hallsville lost much of its western trade. In 1873 the railroad moved its local headquarters and shops to Marshall, Texas. Hallville's incorporation lapsed, and the community lost many of its people to Marshall in the later 1870s. In 1884 it had an estimated 600 inhabitants, three churches, six sawmills, six grist millgins, a hotel, two saloons, and a cooperative association. By 1892 the population had fallen to 300, but it recovered to 600 in the 1900s. In 1904 the Hallsville school district had two schools serving 180 white pupils and one school serving 111 black pupils. A bank opened in the community in 1909. In the 1920s the post office changed the spelling of its name to Hallsville. The community reincorporated in 1935.

Until 2003, Hallsville was a one traffic light town, with the main intersection at Main Street (Hwy 80) and Hwy 450 being the only one with a traffic light. The town has experienced rapid growth in the past decade, and now boasts five traffic lights, a larger corporate grocery store chain, a medical and dental clinic, two dollar stores and several fast-food chains. Even today, though, the heart and pulse of the community is in its school system, its school functions, and—of course—its school sporting events, particularly the small-town Texas tradition of Friday night football games.

Western Days

Started in 1972, in an effort to raise funds for the city park, Lawrence and Eulyne LaFoy, along with a group of other citizens, had the idea of holding a horse show and tack sale. The local riding club, the Chamber of Commerce and the city came forth to execute the LaFoy's idea. Hallsville's goal was to raise funds for a matching government grant for the beautification and updating of the city and celebrate living in the Hallsville community. Trophies were donated, entry fees were donated and the funds went to the city park. From that beginning a Western Day's committee was formed and have carried on the tradition since. The event opens (Usually the first Weekend in October) on Friday morning when students and staff of Hallsville High School come to school in western attire and activities are held on the campuses. Western Day's has grown from a one day event to a three day event. The three day event includes a street dance, parade, arts and crafts booths, chili cookoff, bike decorating contest, live bands, Fun Run, Civil War Reenactment and the Miss Hallsville Western Days Program. Miss Hallsville Contestants are introduced at around 7pm prior to the Friday night Hallsville Bobcat football game in Bobcat Stadium.

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