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HAYNESVILLE, TEXAS. Haynesville, also known as Punkin Center, is five miles north of Electra on State Highway 25/240 in northwestern Wichita County. The community was established in 1890 and derived its name from that of Henry Haynes, a county commissioner and local farmer. The community developed in the early 1900s because of the paving of State Highway 25. Haynes built a general store on the newly paved road, and a service station also opened there. Haynesville has also had other businesses, including cotton gins, a beer hall, and a liquor store. During the twentieth century its population has ranged from sixty to 100 residents. In 1990 Haynesville reported a population of sixty. The community is also known locally as Punkin Center. Once a settlement separate from but very near Haynesville, Punkin Center, according to local lore, derived its name from a pumpkin painted on a sign advertising a local blacksmith. With the paving of State Highway 25, the two communities grew together and took the name Haynesville, though Punkin Center remains a commonly used nickname and appears below the official name on local signs.


Louise Kelly, Wichita County Beginnings (Burnet, Texas: Eakin Press, 1982).

Brian Hart


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

Brian Hart, "HAYNESVILLE, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 27, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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