Joaquin, TX

By: Cecil Harper, Jr.

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: February 1, 1995

Joaquin is on U.S. Highway 84 and the Southern Pacific Railroad fourteen miles northeast of Center in northeastern Shelby County. It was founded in 1885, when Benjamin Franklin Morris donated 100 acres to the Houston, East and West Texas Railway on condition that a railroad station be constructed on the land. The station and the community that grew up around it were named for Morris's grandson Joaquin Morris. A post office was established there in 1886 with Erastus F. Sayers as postmaster. By 1890 the community had several stores and a population estimated at 100. Joaquin became a shipping point for lumber and cotton and by 1914 had a sawmill, a bank, a gin, a mill, a newspaper (the Plaindealer), and a population estimated at 350. It was incorporated by 1940, when it had a population of 487, which grew to an estimated 584 by the early 1950s. As agriculture in the area declined, the population fell by 1968 to an estimated 461, but Toledo Bend Reservoir rejuvenated the town, and in 1988 Joaquin had a population estimated at 969 and fifteen rated businesses. In 1990 its population was 805. The population was 925 in 2000.

Patricia R. McCoy, Shelby County Sampler (Lufkin, Texas, 1982). Charles E. Tatum, Shelby County: In the East Texas Hills (Austin: Eakin, 1984).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Cecil Harper, Jr., “Joaquin, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 20, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

February 1, 1995

Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Shelby County
  • Latitude: 31.96583860°
  • Longitude: -94.05055400°
Population Counts
People Year
805 1990
925 2000
824 2010
790 2019