Tenaha, Texas

related topics
{household, population, female}
{town, population, incorporate}
{service, military, aircraft}
{school, student, university}
{work, book, publish}

Tenaha is a town in Shelby County, Texas, United States- established February 2, 1886. The population was 1,046 at the 2000 census. The town's name is taken from the Caddo language for "Muddy Water". (According to An Informal History of Texas by Frank X. Tolbert, "Tenaha" is the Caddo word for "urine.")

In 2009 Tenaha has become the subject of a class action over allegations that local police regularly made improper seizures of cash, jewelry, and property from African-American or Latino motorists passing through the town.[3] Arrested drivers were given a choice of either going to jail on money-laundering felony charges or handing over all their valuables in order to be allowed to walk free. In one case a couple surrendered $6,000 to keep their children out of child protection services.[4]



Tenaha is located at 31°56′39″N 94°14′47″W / 31.94417°N 94.24639°W / 31.94417; -94.24639 (31.944062, -94.246274)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.3 km²), of which, 4.0 square miles (10.2 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.50%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,046 people, 402 households, and 281 families residing in the town. The population density was 264.9 people per square mile (102.2/km²). There were 489 housing units at an average density of 123.8/sq mi (47.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 46.18% White, 42.35% African American, 0.19% Native American, 9.66% from other races, and 1.63% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 13.86% of the population.

Full article ▸

related documents
Barwick, Georgia
Basin, Wyoming
Bayboro, North Carolina
Kline, South Carolina
Annetta South, Texas
Rome City, Indiana
Lenox, Georgia
Dasher, Georgia
Tracy City, Tennessee
Welsh, Louisiana
Buchanan, Virginia
Glen Lyn, Virginia
Harrison, Georgia
Lake City, Texas
Fulton, Texas
Powell, Texas
Williston, South Carolina
Remy, Oklahoma
Marietta, North Carolina
Byars, Oklahoma
Redmond, Utah
Hennessey, Oklahoma
Badin, North Carolina
Snelling, South Carolina
Halifax, Virginia
Erwin, North Carolina
Bamberg, South Carolina
Spiro, Oklahoma
Guys, Tennessee
Muldrow, Oklahoma