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Anderson County, Texas

75801, 75802, 75803

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History & History-related items

City Attractions


Chamber of Commerce.

Organizations, Churches, and Sports.


Statistics & Facts

The Texas state capital is Austin.
The population of Palestine is approximately 20,000 (2000), 18712 (2010).
The approximate number of families is 7,676 (1990), 7028 (2010).
The amount of land area in Palestine is 44.859 sq. kilometers.
The amount of surface water is 0.474 sq kilometers.
The distance from Palestine to Washington DC is 1193 miles.
The distance to the Texas state capital is 160 miles. (as the crow flies)
Palestine is positioned 31.75 degrees north of the equator and 95.64 degrees west of the prime meridian.
The Palestine median home price is $ 50,000.
Palestine average annual precipitation is 40.51 inches peryear.
Palestine average temperature is 71 degrees F.
The average low temperature is 37 degrees F.
The average high temperature is 94 degrees F.


in the central part of east Texas about 100 miles northeast of Waco, 108 miles southeast of Dallas and 150 miles north of Houston.
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History & History Related Items

Palestine began along with Anderson County in 1846. It was chosen as the new county seat for the new county. It was built among beautiful ines and dogwood trees. William Bigelow and J.R. Fulton provided land for the new town of Palestine to be the county seat. The town was named for Palestine, Illinois. This was the former home of the Parker family who had settled in Elkhart.
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The Museum for East Texas Culture
400 Micheaux Ave.
Palestine, Texas 75801
Phone: 903-723-1914
Fax: 903-723-5991
This museum is housed in the old Palestine High School building. It was built in 1915-16 and then used as various schools, lastly in 1976. It was finally scheduled for demolition in 1981. The citizens of Palestine decidd that it was too good to demolish and worked to save it. The museum finally opened in 1982 and includes many exhibits and displays including: The Railroad Room, medical & Pharmacy Exhibits, Archives Rooms, Hallway Exhibits, The Fire Department Room, The Reagan Campbell Room, The Education room, The Architecture Room, the Auditorium, the Gymnasium, the Annie B. Rogers Art Exhibit, the Business Machines Exhibit, the Photography Exhibit and more.

Old Town Palestine
Historic District for Shopping, Dining and Entertainment
302 E. Crawford
Palestine, Texas 75801
(Two blocks West of the Courthouse on Crawford Street)
Phone: 903-731-4434

Howard House Museum
1011 N. Perry Street
Palestine, Texas
Phone: 903-584-3225
A collection of early pioneer days in Palestine. Built in 1851 by Colonel George Howard. Please call to confirm hours of operation.

National Scientific Balloon Facility
5 miles west off Hwy 287 on Farm Road 3224
Phone: 903-729-0271
Please call ahead as all visits must be pre-arranged.

Texas State Railroad Park
Phone: 903-683-2561
Toll-free: 800-442-8951 (Texas only)
See restored steam engines and antique coaches which operate between Palestine and Rusk. This is a 25 mile rail line which goes through beautiful areas in East Texas. Please call ahead for schedule information.
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Palestine City Government

Palestine is the county seat of Anderson County.

Palestine Chamber

Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1177
502 N. Queen
Palestine, Texas 75801
Phone: 903-729-6066

Palestine Organizations

Palestine Area Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1177
502 N. Queen
Palestine, Texas 75801
Phone: 903-729-6066 Palestine


The population of Palestine was:
1990 - 18,042
2000 - 20,000

The zip code: 75802 is only for Post Office Boxes.

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