House District 1

The Best House District in Texas

House District 1 is made up of four contiguous counties located in the Northeastern most corner of the state. These counties include Bowie, Franklin, Lamar, and Red River.

Bowie County is considered to have had some of the earliest settlements in Texas, serving as a grey area between the United States and Mexico. The county was named after Texas hero James Bowie, and was delineated in 1840. Texarkana is in Bowie County, its main street lining the Texas-Arkansas border, and holds the annual Four States Fair and Rodeo as well as Texas A&M University – Texarkana.

Clarksville, Texas, in Red River County is named after its founder James Clark, who established the town in 1833. It is bordered by the Red River to the North, which separates Texas from Oklahoma. President Sam Houston signed the county into existance in 1837, when the Texas Congress recognized and incorporated Clarksville. The area boasts beautiful old-growth forests at the Lennox Woods Preserve.

The city of Paris, Texas in Lamar County was established in 1845 and built up as part of the railroad route in 1876. It is indeed named after the famous French capital, and boasts a 65-foot high replica of the Eiffle Tower with a red cowboy hat perched on top. The city is home to Paris Junior College (which Rep. VanDeaver attended) and also serves as the house district’s regional medical centre.

In Franklin County, we have Mount Vernon, which was settled in the mid-1840’s by Joshua Foster Johnson. The county was organized by the state legislature in 1875, and the town became the county seat. The county is home to the Dupree Park Nature Center, the West End Nature Preserve, and the historic Franklin County Court House.

As of the 2020 Census, Bowie County has a population of 92,893, Franklin County holds 10,605, Lamar County has 49,793, and Red River County comes in at 12,860. Please check out the city and county websites below for more information:

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