Oakland, TX (Houston County)

By: Christopher Long

Type: General Entry

Published: March 1, 1995

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The site of Oakland, on State Highway 7 near present Hall's Bluff seven miles west of Crockett in western Houston County, was first settled in the 1830s. A school began operating there in the late 1870s, and a church was organized around the same time. The community is said to have been named for a grove of very large oak trees on the school and church grounds. At its height around 1900 Oakland had a school, a church, two cotton gins, and several stores. The community began to decline during the early years of the twentieth century, and by the mid-1930s it no longer appeared on highway maps. In the early 1990s only a few widely scattered houses remained in the area.

Houston County Historical Commission, History of Houston County, Texas, 1687–1979 (Tulsa, Oklahoma: Heritage, 1979).


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

Christopher Long, “Oakland, TX (Houston County),” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed September 18, 2021, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/oakland-tx-houston-county.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

March 1, 1995