East Tempe, TX

By: Robert Wooster

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: January 1, 1995

East Tempe is on Farm Road 350 seventy-five miles north of Houston in west central Polk County. The settlement was named after East Tempe Creek, a stream that cuts through the area. Settlers were farming the surrounding lands by 1860; some twenty years later a sawmill had been erected. Further development came in 1908 at the completion of the Beaumont and Great Northern Railway, which connected East Tempe with Trinity to the north and Livingston to the southeast. East Tempe became a flag stop on the railroad. Although the railroad was abandoned in 1949, East Tempe remains an outlying community of Livingston. In 1990 the population was estimated at 100 and in 2000 it was 200.

A Pictorial History of Polk County, Texas, 1846–1910 (Livingston, Texas: Polk County Bicentennial Commission, 1976; rev. ed. 1978). Charles P. Zlatkovich, Texas Railroads (Austin: University of Texas Bureau of Business Research, 1981).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Robert Wooster, “East Tempe, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 23, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/east-tempe-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

January 1, 1995

East Tempe
Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Polk County
Associated Names

in West Livingston

  • Latitude: 30.70352810°
  • Longitude: -94.98493530°
Population Counts
People Year
200 2009