Timpson, Texas

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Timpson is a city in Shelby County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,094 at the 2000 census. The community is named after T.B Timpson, a railroad engineer.



Timpson was founded in 1885 upon the arrival of the Houston, East and West Texas Railway. It reached its maximum population in 1925 when it was important in the shipping of lignite.


Timpson is located at 31°54′23″N 94°23′52″W / 31.90639°N 94.39778°W / 31.90639; -94.39778 (31.906280, -94.397859)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²) of it is land and 0.40% is water.

Timpson is located at the convergence of US Route 59 and US Route 84.

Like all "railroad" towns Timpson was laid out with the railroad, and not north and south as most towns are. Therefore the streets run at an angle of 43 degrees "off". When the town was incorporated, Charlie Noblet's map was adopted and is now on record at the county seat, and is the official map of the city today.[4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,094 people, 456 households, and 269 families residing in the city. The population density was 437.3 people per square mile (169.0/km²). There were 559 housing units at an average density of 223.4/sq mi (86.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.51% White, 35.56% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 2.38% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.48% of the population.

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