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LIBERTY CITY, TX

LIBERTY CITY, TEXAS. Liberty City is on State Highway 135 and Farm Road 1252, a mile north of Interstate Highway 20 in west central Gregg County. It was established before the Civil War. Portions of the extended community were known at various times as Mount Mariah and as McCary's Chapel, after two churches, and as Goforth after a local family. From 1902 to 1903 a community post office called Hog Eye operated in the home of B. F. Chapman. Chapman had wanted to call the post office Sabine after the local school, but that name was already in use for another post office, and he chose Hog Eye instead. Sources suggest that the name came from either a local hog thief or a popular fiddler's tune. During the oil boom of the early 1930s the name was changed to Liberty City. In 1940 the town had a school, a community center, an extension library, a church, and a store. After World War II the community's population grew steadily, reaching 1,390 by 1978. The community incorporated in 1982, and in 1990 Liberty City had a reported population of 1,607. The population grew to 1,935 in 2000.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 

Marker Files, Texas Historical Commission, Austin. Eugene W. McWhorter, Traditions of the Land: The History of Gregg County (Longview, Texas: Gregg County Historical Foundation, 1989).

Christopher Long

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Christopher Long, "LIBERTY CITY, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hfl03), accessed September 01, 2014. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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