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TURNEY, TEXAS. Turney is on Farm Road 22 eight miles north of Rusk in central Cherokee County. The area was settled before the Civil War, but a community did not develop until the early 1900s, when the Texas and New Orleans Railroad was built through the area. A post office was established in 1903 and named for J. A. Turney, a pioneer settler. In its early years the town was a shipping center for tomatoes and other produce. By 1914 Turney had a grocery, a produce-box factory, a general store, several packing sheds, and a population of seventy-five. It continued to prosper during the 1920s, and as late as the mid-1930s it reported five businesses and 100 residents. In the years after World War II all its businesses closed, and by 1990 only a community center and a few scattered houses remained. That year the reported population was 100.


Cherokee County History (Jacksonville, Texas: Cherokee County Historical Commission, 1986). Hattie Joplin Roach, A History of Cherokee County (Dallas: Southwest, 1934).

Christopher Long


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

Christopher Long, "TURNEY, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed July 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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