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Palestine and Anderson County

Palestine (pronounced Pah-LESS-Teen or PAL-uh-steen) is a town of about 18,700 (up 6% since 2000) located along US Highways 79, 84, and 287 in eastern Texas. Palestine is the county seat of Anderson County, and was named for Palestine, Illinois. The original county seat was a small village named Houston (no not that one); but it was determined that the town was two miles from the center of the county. Taking the ruling that county seats in Texas should be in the center of the county VERY literally the town of Palestine was established in the 1840s as the county seat. Anderson County was named for former Vice President of the Texas Republic Kenneth L. Anderson. The beautiful Anderson County Courthouse was designed by the Austin architectural firm of Charles Page & Brother using the Beaux Arts style of architecture and was completed in 1914. I like the Ionic Columns, the Porticoes, and the statue of Justice. The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Palestine Historic District

Palestine has the second most number of buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places of any city in Texas, ncluding four full historic districts. Galveston has the most.

Museums

Another reason to go here is to see the Museum for East Texas Culture, which is located in the old Palestine High School. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

  • Last visit to Palestine: Jul 2012
  • Intro Updated Jun 27, 2013
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