|City, town or village
||479 feet (146 meters)
|Latitude (DMS format)
||Longitude (DMS format)
||Map on which this town can be found
|31° 45' 48"N
||94° 50' 40"W
Looneyville, Texas is located in northwestern
Nacogdoches County, in the eastern part of the
Lone Star State.
Origin of its unusual name
The tiny farming community was named after local
businessman John Looney. Mr. Looney established a
store in the area back in the early 1870s. A post
office opened a short time thereafter, followed by
sawmills, a cotton gin, a gristmill, livery stable,
a church and a school. The population of Looneyville
reached its peak (about 100 residents) shortly before
1900, before steadily declining following
World War I. The local economy has gradually
shifted from the logging and lumbering interests
of the late-1800s, to farming.
Nearby cities and towns:
Crockett, Texas (to the southwest)
Palestine, Texas (to the west)
Tyler, Texas (to the northwest)
Henderson, Texas (to the north)
Carthage, Texas (to the northeast)
Nacogdoches, Texas (about 14 miles to the southeast)
Time Zone: Looneyville, Texas is in the Central Time Zone.
Over the years, points of interest in the region have included:
* Angelina River
* Angelina National Forest, southeast of Nacogdoches, Texas
* Sam Rayburn Lake (a.k.a. Sam Rayburn Reservoir), southeast of Nacogdoches, Texas
* Alazan Bayou Wildlife Management Area, in southern Nacogdoches County
* Davy Crockett National Forest, south of Looneyville, Texas
* Stephen F. Austin State University, in Nacogdoches, Texas
* Jim Hogg Historic Site, northeast of Rusk, Texas
* Mission Tejas State Park, located northeast of Crockett, Texas
Recreational opportunities in the area
Camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating,
canoeing, kayaking, rafting, swimming, horseback
riding, hiking, birding, wildlife viewing,
photography and water-skiing.
Wildlife found in eastern Texas
Deer, squirrel, turkey, quail, dove, woodcock, and
the woodpecker, all call the bottomland hardwood
forests and lush piney woods of East Texas home.
Over the years, anglers have found trophy largemouth
bass at Sam Rayburn Lake, which has hosted many
top fishing tournaments.
U.S. map showing the location of Looneyville, Texas
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