SWIFT, TEXAS. Swift, a farming community at the junction of State Highway 7 and Farm Road 2713, ten miles east of Nacogdoches in eastern Nacogdoches County, was first settled around 1838. It was named for W. H. Swift, Jr., who served as its first postmaster when a post office was established there in 1883. By 1885 the Swift community had a Baptist church, a school, a steam cotton gin and gristmill, a blacksmith shop, three general stores, and an estimated population of seventy-five. The town population increased to 125 by the 1920s. During the mid-1930s Swift had four businesses, a church, a post office, and a school. The post office was closed in 1940, and the school was closed after World War II. Most of the businesses had shut down by the late 1980s, but the population continued to be reported as 125. In the early 1990s Swift had a community center, a church, and a number of houses. The population remained at 125 in 2000.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, Christopher Long, "Swift, TX," accessed March 30, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hls95.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.