Malakoff, Texas

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Malakoff is a city in Henderson County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,257 at the 2000 census. The community is named after a Russian fort of Malakoff (Malakhov kurgan), which played a pivotal role during the siege of Sevastopol during the Crimean war.



The community was formerly known as "Caney Creek" and "Mitcham Chapel." An application for a named post office in 1854 under "Purdam" or "Mitcham" resulted in the current name, due to the other names being already in use.

In the 1920s coal mining became an important activity.

The "Malakoff Heads" found in the 1930s resemble carvings of the Olmec culture.


Malakoff is located at 32°10′41″N 96°1′6″W / 32.17806°N 96.01833°W / 32.17806; -96.01833 (32.178182, -96.018264)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²), of which, 2.8 square miles (7.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.71%) is water.

Malakoff is located just 3 miles from Cedar Creek Lake and is west of Athens on Texas highway 31.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,257 people, 874 households, and 566 families residing in the city. The population density was 804.4 people per square mile (310.1/km²). There were 1,036 housing units at an average density of 369.2/sq mi (142.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.49% White, 21.98% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 3.46% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.32% of the population.

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