Joaquin, Texas

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Joaquin is a city in northeastern Shelby County, Texas, United States. The population was 925 at the 2000 census. It is located on U.S. Highway 84 and the tracks of the Southern Pacific Railroad.



Joaquin is located at 31°57′56″N 94°2′54″W / 31.96556°N 94.04833°W / 31.96556; -94.04833 (31.965511, -94.048316)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²), of which, 2.3 square miles (6.0 km²) of it is land and 0.43% is water.

Historical development

The site was founded in 1885 for a station for the Houston, East and West Texas Railway. The land was donated by Benjamin Franklin Morris, and the site was named for his grandson Joaquin.[4] The post office was opened in the following year. The site operated as a shipping point for cotton and lumber, with a lumber mill functioning there. The town was incorporated in 1940, with a population increase with the development of the Toledo Bend Reservoir years later.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 925 people, 349 households, and 244 families residing in the city. The population density was 401.6 people per square mile (155.3/km²). There were 400 housing units at an average density of 173.7/sq mi (67.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 77.84% White, 19.03% African American, 0.86% Native American, 1.08% from other races, and 1.19% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.14% of the population.

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