Colmesneil, Texas

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Colmesneil is a city in Tyler County, Texas, United States. It is located 9 miles north of Woodville on U.S. Highway 69. The population was 638 at the 2000 census.



Colmesneil is located at 30°54′30″N 94°25′25″W / 30.90833°N 94.42361°W / 30.90833; -94.42361 (30.908331, -94.423522)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km²), all of it land.

Historical development

The town’s name came from one of the first conductors on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad which ran through the county.[4] The Trinity and Sabine Railroad would extend a 66-mile line from Colmesneil to Trinity, establishing the town as the shipping focal point for the county from 1881. Timber and cattle were the foremost commodities to sell due to the steep slope of the terrain. From the 1880s, the Yellow Pine Lumber Company would operate a mill there, and for a while, Colmesneil’s population would be greater than Beaumont.[5]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 638 people, 230 households, and 175 families residing in the city. The population density was 318.1 people per square mile (122.6/km²). There were 287 housing units at an average density of 143.1/sq mi (55.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.17% White, 10.19% African American, 0.16% Native American, 4.39% from other races, and 1.10% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.11% of the population.

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