Scottsville, Texas

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Scottsville is a city in Harrison County, Texas, United States. The population was 263 at the 2000 census. A July 1, 2008 U.S. Census Bureau estimate placed the population at 272.[3]

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Geography

Scottsville is located at 32°32′10″N 94°14′30″W / 32.53611°N 94.24167°W / 32.53611; -94.24167 (32.536098, -94.241611)[4] along Farm Roads 1998 and 2199, north of U.S. Highway 80 in east central Harrison County. It is approximately four miles east of Marshall.[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.

History

The area was initially settled by William Thomas Scott, his wife Mary Rose, and other members of their families in June 1840.[6] He quickly acquired several large parcels of land, established five cotton plantations, including Scottsville Plantation – his residence, constructed by slaves. Scott's lavish plantation was said to be identical to Jefferson Davis' mansion in Mississippi and he eventually became the largest slave owner in Harrison County.[6][7]

On August 4, 1869, Scottsville was granted a post office. The community had an estimated population of 300 in 1929. In 1936, a historical marker was erected in Scottsville to commemorate both the founding of the community and the centennial of Texas Independence.[8] During the Great Depression, the population fell to a low of 50, but had recovered to 260 by the 1950s.[7] The number of inhabitants remained steady throughout the latter half of the twentieth century.

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