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Marshall, Texas
City
City of Marshall
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 32°33′N 94°22′W / 32.550°N 94.367°W / 32.550; -94.367Coordinates: 32°33′N 94°22′W / 32.550°N 94.367°W / 32.550; -94.367
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyHarrison
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CommissionMayor Chris Paddie[1]
 • City ManagerFrank Johnson
Area
 • Total29.6 sq mi (76.8 km2)
 • Land29.6 sq mi (76.6 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation413 ft (126 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total23,523 (city proper)
 • Density809/sq mi (312.5/km2)
 280000 (Longview–Marshall CSA)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes75670-75672
Area code(s)903
FIPS code48-46776[2]
GNIS feature ID1340990[3]
WebsiteCity of Marshall
 
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Marshall, Texas
City
City of Marshall
Location in the state of Texas
Coordinates: 32°33′N 94°22′W / 32.550°N 94.367°W / 32.550; -94.367Coordinates: 32°33′N 94°22′W / 32.550°N 94.367°W / 32.550; -94.367
CountryUnited States
StateTexas
CountyHarrison
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • City CommissionMayor Chris Paddie[1]
 • City ManagerFrank Johnson
Area
 • Total29.6 sq mi (76.8 km2)
 • Land29.6 sq mi (76.6 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
Elevation413 ft (126 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total23,523 (city proper)
 • Density809/sq mi (312.5/km2)
 280000 (Longview–Marshall CSA)
Time zoneCST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST)CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes75670-75672
Area code(s)903
FIPS code48-46776[2]
GNIS feature ID1340990[3]
WebsiteCity of Marshall

Marshall is a city in and the county seat of Harrison County in the northeastern corner of Texas. Marshall is a major cultural and educational center in East Texas and the tri-state area. As of the 2010 census, the population of Marshall was about 23,523.[4]

Marshall was a political and production center of the Confederacy during the Civil War and was a major railroad center of the T&P Railroad from the late 19th century until the mid-20th century. The city's large African American population and the presence of black institutions of higher learning made Marshall a center of the civil rights movement in the American South. The city is known for holding one of the largest light festivals in the United States, the Wonderland of Lights,[5] and, as the self-proclaimed Pottery Capital of the World, for its sizable pottery industry.

Marshall is also referred to by various nicknames; the Cultural Capital of East Texas,[6] the Gateway of Texas, the Athens of Texas,[7] the City of Seven Flags and Center Stage, a branding slogan adopted by the Marshall Convention and Visitors Bureau.

History[edit]

The Republic of Texas and the Civil War (1841–1860)[edit]

The city was founded in 1841 as the seat of Harrison County, after repeated failed attempts to establish a county seat on the Sabine River since the county was established in 1839, and was incorporated in 1843.[7] The Republic of Texas decided to choose the site of land granted by Peter Whetstone and Isaac Van Zandt after Whetstone had proven that the hilly location had a good water source. The city quickly became a major city in the state because of its position as a gateway to Texas on several major stage coach lines and one of the first railroad lines into Texas. Additionally, the growing wealth and civic patriotism of the city's leading citizens led to the establishment of several colleges, including a number of seminaries, teaching colleges, and incipient universities, earned Marshall the nickname the Athens of Texas, in reference to the ancient Greek city state. The city's growing importance was confirmed when Marshall was linked by a telegraph line to New Orleans, becoming the first city in Texas to have a telegraph service.[8]

The Wyalucing plantation was the childhood home of the only woman to appear on Confederate currency, Lucy Holcombe Pickens, and housed the office of the Trans-Mississippi Postal Department.

By 1860, the city was the fourth largest city in Texas and the seat of the richest county. The county had the highest per capita farms and plantations, in the south. Its plantations were among the richest in the south whose owners had capital spread throughout the west and the south. Consequently, as scions of the American ideal of agrarian yeomanry and aristocracy, whose interests were tied in the south and civic life of limited government, its leading citizens were in opposition to the growing wealth and power of industrial and financial capitalists and centralist tendencies of the North East.

In turn, Marshall's leading families were in contest of financial, economical, and political survival against the North thereby making the city a hotbed of anti-Union sentiment. Nonetheless, the city's leadership remained divided on how to proceed against the power grab by urban financial classes in the North East and many not only remained opposed to secession but remained steadfast in loyalty to the Union. For example, brothers Lionel and Emmanuel Kahn, Jewish merchants in Marshall, fought on opposing sides in the conflict.[9] When Gov. Sam Houston refused to take an oath of allegiance to the Confederacy, Marshall's Edward Clark was sworn in as governor.

In contrast, the predominant number of Marshall's citizens were strident in their fealty toward Texas and saw the grasping power of northern corporations and rising influence of the robber baron class as mortally dangerous to the freedom of the United States of America. Consequently, the majority of Marshall's population were fervent in their patriotism toward the Confederacy which they saw as best securing the vision of the Founding Fathers. Thus, Marshall would also produce Texas's third Confederate governor, Pendleton Murrah. Marshall became a major Confederate city; producing gunpowder and other supplies for the Confederate Army,[10] and hosting three conferences of Trans-Mississippi and Indian Territory leaders. The city also became the capital of Missouri's Confederate government-in-exile,[8] earning it the nickname the City of Seven Flags—a nod to the flag of Missouri in addition to the other six flags that have flown over the city.

Marshall became the seat of civil authority and headquarters of the Trans-Mississippi Postal Department after the fall of Vicksburg. The city may have been the intended target of a failed Union advance that was rebuffed at Mansfield, Louisiana. Towards the end of the Civil War, the Confederate States government had $9.0 million in Treasury notes and $3.0 million in postage stamps shipped to Marshall,[11] possibly meaning that Marshall was the intended destination of a government preparing to flee from advancing armies.

Reconstruction and the Railroad era (1865–1895)[edit]

Many African-Americans came to Marshall during Reconstruction; but the establishment of the White Citizens Party after the Union troops departed kept many former slaves locked into poverty. A former slave displays a horn formerly used to call slaves on the outskirts of Marshall in 1939.

Marshall was occupied by Union forces on June 17, 1865.[12] Subsequently, according to terms of President Abraham Lincoln and the National Union Party, the Confederate States declared an armistice with the Union and ordered their armies to cease fighting. In turn, the Union re-admitted the States of the Confederacy into the Union if they emancipated slaves. All of the Southern States accepted these terms and had elected new Congressional delegations.

However, with the assassination of Lincoln, Radical Republicans and Robber Barons began seizing control of committees in Congress, isolating Lincolns, successor and eventually succeeded in either arresting or unseating all of their political opponents in Congress. These activities caused an immediate constitutional crisis which culminated in the impeachment of President Johnston, and the Coup de etat of 1867 which included the military overthrow of all of the state governments in the South, the arrest of all remaining opponents to the Republican Party, and the establishment of military despotism in the United States which became known as Reconstruction.

A Union Army encampment in the city which had been established to maintain order and oversee the emancipation of the slaves was used to launch a raid on the civil authorities of the city. The Mayor, the city legislature, and the county court administration was arrested in the dead of night. The encampment itself, which had been regularizing emancipated slaves became the headquarters of an office of the Freedmen's Bureau.[13] The Freedman's Bureau became the local headquarters of the Republican Party, its leaders handpicked by the Radical Republican Congress, and all local and state expenditures were disbursed through its leaders. In turn, the Freedman's Bureau leaders used their money to buy the votes of both emancipated slaves and any other white citizens. When the vast majority of white citizens in Marshall campaigned against the despotism, the Radical Congress immediately disenfranchised any who had formerly served in the Confederacy or refused to join submit to military control. As a result, this left blacks and a few white scalawags as the sole electorate in Marshall.

Despite its despotic nature, Reconstruction government did have a vision of creating a New Man[disambiguation needed] in the South, which was to be based upon freed blacks. Part of this policy including a program of education for emancipated slaves. In 1873, northern leaders of Methodist Episcopal Church unilaterally took over the churches of their southern counterparts. With money provided by the Union and military governments, the Methodist Episcopal Church founded Wiley College in Marshal as a seminary to educate free black men who would take over the white and black churches which in turn would be forcibly desegregated.

Indeed, with the abundance of money provided by the Federal government and the largess of state and local funds provided by redistributionist and racist tax polices large numbers of freed black slaves came to the city seeking welfare, government jobs, and opportunities provided by the Freedmen's Bureau. Agitated by Bureau agents and filled with promises of coming power, Marshal was overrun with large numbers of black gangs. In turn, Marshall's former leaders were hounded by taxes, summons to military courts, threats of imprisonment, and assaults on their persons and property by freed slaves. As a result many fled to the city to escape both the crime and arbitrary courts aimed at seizing their property. Consequently, Marshal became increasingly lawless.

Although large numbers of Texans fled this environments to outer areas of the countryside, many, especially the officer class of the Confederacy refused to abandon their homes. Backed by large numbers of other Confederate Veterans, they formed their own paramilitary organizations to counter the Freedman's Bureau, the Union Army Occupation forces, and the various gangs and bandits which soon infested places like Marshall. Some of these resistance included insurgent attacks, vigilante courts, and even pitched battles with Freedman militia and Union Army forces. Combined with the growing disgust in Northern public opinion to the flagrant disregard for due process and Constitutional Law, and especially with the sunset of the Force Acts which ended censorship and military imprisonment in the North, the Radical Republicans lost massive support in the electorate. By 1872, the Radicals had lost majority control of Congress and been forced to concede the return of civilian rule in several Southern States. Eventually in 1876, the Radicals lost predominant party in Congress and in turn was forced to end what remained of military rule in the South.

Thus, 1876, under great fanfare, almost all of the white citizens of Marshall had their franchise returned and in 1878 won a resounding victory against the minority and formerly military backed Reconstruction parties. Under great fanfare, the Citizens Party, led by former Confederate General Walter P. Lane and his brother George, took control of the city and county governments and ran what remained of Unionists, Republicans and many African-Americans out of town. Thus, in a recall to an earlier period of American history dealing with rescuing and redeeming kidnapped American families from Indian tribes, the new government declared Marshall and Harrison County redeemed from Union and African-American control.[14]

Marshall's Railroad Era began in the early 1870s when Reconstruction government offered bounties to well connected Robber Barons in the North for building a rail-road line. Harrison County citizens voted to offer $300,000 bond subsidy,[10] and the City of Marshall offered to donate land north of the downtown to the Texas and Pacific Railway if the company would move to Marshall. However, the passage only succeeded with assurances that shares would be offered to what remained of Marshall's southern populace. T&P President and New York City robber baron Jay Gould accepted and located the T&P's workshops and general offices for Texas in Marshall.

When the general lawlessness and corruption of the Reconstruction Marshall ended, the city benefited immediately from a population explosion as white citizens began returning to the city after it was redeemed.[8] Additionally, although most of the great antebellum agrarian wealth had been destroyed, careful rebuilding had restored some of the plantation economy. By 1880 the city was one of the South's largest cotton markets. Although a far cry from its earlier period, the city's new prosperity was enough to allow the opening of the J. Weisman and Co., the first department store in Texas, and with the installation of a single lightbulb in the Texas and Pacific Depot, Marshall became the first city in Texas to have electricity. Prosperity brought out elements which led to some nationally known crimes being tried in the city, including the trials for the attempted murder of Maurice Barrymore. During this period of wealth, many of the city's now historic homes were constructed upon the ruins of the antebellum period homes which had been destroyed in the war or damaged during reconstruction. The city's most prominent industry, pottery manufacturing, began with the establishment of Marshall Pottery in 1895.

Despite the prosperity of the railroad era, poverty continued to be a problem in the city among all races. Although some of the agrarian wealth had been restored, the majority of county's citizens remained yeoman farmers whose commercial success never recovered from the war. Additionally, reconstruction had established a black quarter in the city which had not existed previously and whose tenets competed with whites for many jobs. Additionally, although black crime had existed in antebellum Marshall, reconstruction Marshall saw an explosion of black crime which although reduced had never fallen back to antebellum years. Consequently, tensions between whites and African-Americans continued to worsen. The rural areas of Harrison County saw greater interaction between white people and African-Americans.

Early and mid- 20th century[edit]

The community has developed in and around Whetstone Square, shown here in 1939. Guests lodged in the Capitol Hotel, right, and the taller Hotel Marshall directly behind it. In the 1960s the Harrison County Courthouse, center, hosted the first sit-ins in Texas.

Natural gas arrived in the city from a field on Caddo Lake in 1909.[15] Under the leadership of John L. Lancaster, the Texas and Pacific Railway experienced its height during the first half of the 20th century, Marshall's ceramics industry expanded to the point that the city began to be called the "Pottery Capital of the World." Marshall's industry received a boost with the discovery of what was then the largest oil field in the world at nearby Kilgore in 1930. Small landmarks of progress, such as the first student at Marshall High School to have a car, Lady Bird Johnson, excited the working class and poor.

Meanwhile, blacks began making some intellectual progress. In the early and mid-20th century Marshall's traditionally black colleges were thriving intellectual and cultural centers. Three major civil rights leaders, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and later Jesse Jackson attended Bishop College while James L. Farmer Jr. went to Wiley College, and Texas's member of the Harlem Renaissance, Melvin B. Tolson, wrote while teaching at Wiley.[16]

Elks Building, Marshall, Texas (postcard, 1909)

With the increasing success of Wiley and Bishop, Marshall developed as one of the hearths of the civil rights movement, spurring key court challenges to Jim Crow on a national and state level. In 1950, the Marshall Board of Censors banned the movie Pinky from the city because it portrayed an interracial couple.[17] The theater manager was convicted of a misdemeanor for showing the film and the case went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which overturned the conviction.

Inspired by the teachings of professors, such as Melvin B. Tolson, students and former students of the colleges mobilized to challenge and dismantle Jim Crow. Fred Lewis, as the secretary of the Harrison County NAACP, challenged the oldest White Citizens Party in Texas and the laws it enforced; ultimately abolishing Jim Crow in the county with the Perry v. Cyphers verdict. Heman Sweatt, a Wiley graduate, tried to enroll in the University of Texas at Austin Law school, but was denied entry because of the color of his skin; he then sued and the United States Supreme Court ordered the desegregation of postgraduate studies in Texas in the Sweatt v. Painter decision. James L. Farmer Jr., another Wiley graduate, became an organizer of the Freedom Rides and a founder of the Congress of Racial Equality.

Second Reconstruction[edit]

Downtown Marshall to the north of the former Harrison County Courthouse

In the 1960s, students organized the first sit-ins in Texas[18] in the rotunda of the county courthouse on Whetstone Square in a move to end segregation of public schools; in 1970, all Marshall public schools were integrated. Also in that year, Carolyn Abney became the first woman to be elected to the city commission.

However, the progression of civil rights would again be stillborn in the cradle to criminal activities in the black communities. Black crime rose exponentially in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s and although making a slight downturn later, stayed at such a level as to drive what existed of the black middle class out of the city and almost all of the white community as well. By driving out much of the white middle class, a new black leadership managed to emerge by force and in April 1975 a local gang leader, Sam Birmingham became the first African-American to be elected to the city commission.

Marshall's railroad industry subsequently declined with the conversion of most trains to diesel fuel, the proliferation of air travel, and the construction of the Interstate highway system after World War II. The T&P Shops closed in the 1960s and T&P passenger service ceased in 1970. The Texas oil bust of the 1980s devastated the local economy and the city's population declined by about a thousand between 1980 and 1990.

Subsequently, large scale economic dislocation occurred as the recession of the late 1970s and early 1980's was followed by general de-industrialization with Globalism in the late 1980s and early 1990's. This caused a general collapse of the city's economy and further losses of the white population which left the depressed and increasingly crime prone city for the new planned city of Longview, Texas. In turn, the black community, subsidized with both federal, state, and local welfare and general lack of opportunities elsewhere remained in the city. Thus, blacks in Marshall became the majority of the city and in the 1980s elected the first African-American mayor. Birmingham, long suspected of crime, graft, and corruption became a target of investigations which eventually resulted in his retirement in 1989 for "health concerns". However, the Birmingham crime syndicate remained in power as he was succeeded by his wife, Jean Birmingham, who became the first African-American woman to serve on the commission.

During the mid to late 20th century the city lost many of its landmarks. Some buildings were demolished, especially under the Birmingham regime. Many of their owners were unable to maintain them, refused to rent them to blacks, and were subsequently condemned by the increasingly black commission. By 1990, Marshall's opera house, the Missouri Capitol, the Moses Montefiore Synagogue, the original Viaduct, the Capitol Hotel, and the campus of Bishop College (including the Wyalucing plantation house) had been demolished.[19] In the 1970s the city began to look at the preservation efforts of nearby Jefferson, increasingly developing a preservationist trend throughout the remainder of the 20th century.

Due to newly completed construction projects, the city was one of ten designated an All American City in 1976 by the National Civic League. In 1978, then Taipei mayor, Lee Teng-Hui, and Marshall mayor, William Q. Burns, signed legislation recognizing Marshall as a sister city with the much larger Taipei. During this period Bill Moyers won an Emmy for his documentary Marshall, Texas: Marshall, Texas chronicling the history of race relations in the city. Despite these instance of national and international attention the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s where largely a period of social and economic decline, as the city was surpassed in population and economic clout by its younger rival Longview.

The city began to concentrate on diversifying its economy in the 1980s and 1990s, with tourism emerging as an increasingly important area of the city’s economy. Two new festivals joined the longstanding Stagecoach Days, the Fire Ant Festival and the Wonderland of Lights. The Fire Ant Festival gained national attention through television features on shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, but it was the Wonderland of Lights that by far became the most popular—growing to become one of the largest light festivals in the United States. By 2000, the Wonderland of Lights had become such a part of the cityscape that the lighted dome of the Old Courthouse had become the most recognizable symbol of the city. 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the famed Wonderland of Lights festival and the City expects more than 200,000 visitors during the event's 40 day run beginning with the official lighting ceremony on November 23, 2011.

21st century[edit]

In the 2000s (decade), the Sam B. Hall, Jr. U.S. Court House became one of the busiest federal courts.

The 2000s (decade) saw moderate economic growth and a renaissance of the downtown. By 2005, the Joe Weisman & Company building, the T&P Depot, the former Hotel Marshall (now known as "The Marshall"), and the former Harrison County Courthouse were either restored or under restoration. Restaurants, boutiques, and loft apartments infused the downtown economy and saved historic structures in decline. Many historic homes outside of downtown continue to deteriorate and some structures in moderate condition were approved for demolition for replacement by prefabricated or tin structures. The square has become quite busy again, with few empty buildings. However, lack of funding and manpower has slowed movement on demolition and salvage of historic homes.

The Sam B. Hall, Jr. Federal Courthouse became one of the busiest courthouses in the country, the venue for such cases as the Democratic challenge to the 2003 redistricting of Texas and the TiVo suit of EchoStar over DVR patent rights.

An unusual number of patent lawsuits are being filed in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas which includes Marshall, Tyler, and Texarkana. Marshall has a reputation for plaintiff-friendly juries for the 5% of patent lawsuits that reach trial, resulting in 78% plaintiff wins. The number of patent suits filed in 2002 was 32, and the number for 2006 has been estimated at 234. Only the United States District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles will have more patent suits filed than Marshall.[20] The trend continued through 2011 in the Eastern District of Texas, which includes Marshall, with the number of patent lawsuits more than doubling from 2010.[21] Marshall was profiled on This American Life for the patent suits controversy.[22]

The city entered into a legal battle with local residents and environmentalists about the amount of water it could draw out of Caddo Lake—the source of the city’s water—which dominated city-county relation during the decade.

Music[edit]

On January 18, 2010, Dr. John Tennison, a San Antonio physician and musicologist presented to a group of Marshall citizens the findings of his research into the origins of Boogie Woogie music. He concludes that the music first developed in the Marshall area in the early 1870s in close connection with the T&P Railroad and the logging industry. On May 13, 2010, the Marshall City Commission unanimously passed an ordinance declaring Marshall to be "the Birthplace of Boogie Woogie."

Geography[edit]

Maplecroft is the centerpiece of the Starr Family Home State Historic Site.

Marshall is roughly 150 miles (240 km) east of Dallas, Texas and 40 miles (64 km) west of Shreveport, Louisiana. The intersection of US 80 and US 59 and the intersection of US 59 and Interstate 20 are located within the city limits of Marshall.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 29.6 square miles (77 km2), of that, 29.6 square miles (77 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.27%) is water.

Marshall is closer to the capitals of Arkansas (Little Rock, 190 miles (310 km)), Louisiana (Baton Rouge, 239 miles (385 km)), and Mississippi (Jackson, 243 miles (391 km)) than it is to the capital of Texas (Austin, 253 miles (407 km)).

The city lies within the Eastern Interconnection rather than the Texas Interconnection making it part of only 15% of the state to lie outside of that power grid.

The city is bisected along a north-south axis by East End Blvd. (US 59). The eastern half of the city is bisected along an east-west axis by US 80 which east of its intersection with US 59 is called Victory Drive and west of US 59 is named Grand Ave. The Harrison County Airport and Airport Baseball Park are located to the south of Victory Dr. off of Warren Dr.

To the west of US 59, south of Pinecrest Dr. are older suburbs; north of Pinecrest Dr. the oldest portion of the city stretches northward over seven hills. This portion of the city radiates out from downtown which is centered on the Old Harrison County Courthouse in Peter Whetstone Square. Immediately to the north of the square is the Ginocchio National Historic District where the city's Amtrak Terminal is located. This region of the city is bisected along an east-west by Grand Ave. (US 80). Spreading out from downtown is a belt of Antebellum and Victorian homes centered on Rusk and Houston Streets.

To the west of downtown are some of the oldest African-American neighborhoods in Texas, centered on Wiley College. To the north of Grand Ave. (US 80) are neighborhoods that were built largely by employees of the Texas and Pacific Railway. In addition to the Ginocchio National Historic District, this part of the city is home to East Texas Baptist University, and three historic cemeteries: Marshall Cemetery, Powder Mill Cemetery, and Greenwood, which is divided into Christian and Jewish sections.

Climate[edit]

Marshall has a humid subtropical climate, characterized by hot summers and fairly mild winters. On average, Marshall receives 51.2 inches (1,300 mm) of rain per year. The precipitation is relatively evenly spread throughout year, with only the summer months of July and August receiving less than 3.5 inches (89 mm) on average.[23]

In the spring months during the transition from winter to summer, severe weather is not uncommon, and tornadoes have hit the city in the past, including an F2 that struck the southern side of town in 2000, wiping out a Domino's Pizza on US Highway 59.

Summers in Marshall are hot and humid, with average temperatures higher than 85 degrees Fahrenheit (29°C) from June through September. Temperatures above 100°F (38°C) are not uncommon, with a highest recorded temperature of 112°F (44°C) in August 1909.[24]

Climate data for Marshall, Texas
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Record high °F (°C)87
(31)
90
(32)
95
(35)
97
(36)
100
(38)
106
(41)
108
(42)
112
(44)
108
(42)
101
(38)
88
(31)
85
(29)
112
(44)
Average high °F (°C)54
(12)
60
(16)
68
(20)
75
(24)
82
(28)
89
(32)
92
(33)
92
(33)
86
(30)
77
(25)
65
(18)
57
(14)
74.8
(23.8)
Average low °F (°C)33
(1)
37
(3)
45
(7)
52
(11)
61
(16)
68
(20)
71
(22)
70
(21)
64
(18)
52
(11)
43
(6)
36
(2)
52.7
(11.5)
Record low °F (°C)−5
(−21)
4
(−16)
12
(−11)
26
(−3)
38
(3)
47
(8)
52
(11)
53
(12)
35
(2)
23
(−5)
14
(−10)
3
(−16)
−5
(−21)
Precipitation inches (mm)4.38
(111.3)
4.07
(103.4)
4.33
(110)
4.35
(110.5)
5.07
(128.8)
5.23
(132.8)
3.02
(76.7)
2.68
(68.1)
3.89
(98.8)
4.66
(118.4)
4.59
(116.6)
4.95
(125.7)
51.22
(1,301.1)
Source: weather.com[23]

Demographics[edit]

Historical populations
CensusPop.
18501,189
18604,000236.4%
18701,920−52.0%
18805,624192.9%
18907,20728.1%
19007,8559.0%
191011,45245.8%
192014,27124.6%
193016,20313.5%
194018,41013.6%
195022,32721.3%
196023,8466.8%
197022,937−3.8%
198024,9218.6%
199023,682−5.0%
200023,9351.1%
201023,523−1.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[25]
Texas Almanac: 1850–2000[26]

As of the 2010 census the population of Marshall was 23,523. The racial and ethnic composition of the population was 42.6% non-Hispanic white, 38.1% non-Hispanic black, 0.8% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% non-Hispanic reporting some other race, 1.7% reporting two or more races and 17.0% Hispanic or Latino.[27] The three largest identified Asian racial groups were Asian Indian, Vietnamese and Chinese, in that order. However the unspecified "other Asian" category outnumbered any of these specific groups.

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 23,935 people, 8,730 households, and 6,032 families residing in the city. The population density was 809.5 people per square mile (312.5/km²). There were 9,923 housing units at an average density of 335.6 per square mile (129.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 54.7% White, 38.6% African American, <0.1% Native American, 0.6% Asian, <0.1% Pacific Islander, 4.8% from other races, and 0.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.6% of the population. In 2000 the Asian population is mostly Indians from Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, or Maharashtra and Chinese from Hong Kong and Fuzhou[citation needed].

There were 8,730 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.4% were married couples living together, 19.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.9% were non-families. 28.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city the population was spread out with 26.1% under the age of 18, 13.4% from 18 to 24, 24.6% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 15.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 87.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,335, and the median income for a family was $37,438. Males had a median income of $30,146 versus $21,027 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,491. About 17.8% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 32.5% of those under age 18 and 15.1% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Local government

The City of Marshall has a Council-manager form of municipal government, with all governmental powers resting in a legislative body called a Commission. The Commission passes all city laws and ordinances, adopts budgets, determines city policy, and appoints city officials, including the City Manager. The city manager, rather than a mayor, serves as the executive of the city government and thus is in charge of enforcing city laws and administering the city's various departments.

The City Commission
City Hall in Marshall

The City Commission has seven members, each elected to serve a single-member district. Districts 1−4 divide the city into four districts, and the districts 5−7 divide the city into three districts that overlay Districts 1−4, so every location in the city falls in two districts, one from each set. Each Commissioner is elected to a two-year term. Districts 1−4 hold elections in odd-numbered years and districts 5−7 in even years; elections are held in the spring. After each election, the City Commission selects a commissioner to serve as Chairman of the Commission, generically called a Mayor, until after the next year's election. If no one files to run against a commissioner, as happened with District 1 in 2005, the commissioner is reinstated and an election for that district is not held that year. The City Commission meets twice a month on the second and fourth Thursdays, in addition to any special sessions that are called or regular meetings that are canceled. The Commission provides a public forum before each regular session, providing citizens the opportunity to address the commission for two minutes without forward notice, with notice additional time may be scheduled. The Commission meetings are broadcast on radio and on the local Government-access television (GATV), Public-access television cable TV station.

Commission members
District2012 Commission2010 Commission2007 Commission2002 Commission1999 Commission
District 1Gloria MoonGloria MoonKatie JonesKatie JonesJean Birmingham
District 2Zephaniah TimminsZephaniah TimminsZephaniah TimminsAlonza WilliamsAlonza Williams
District 3John FlowersBuddy PowerEd CarlileChris HorsleyChris Horsley
District 4Bill MarshallJack HesterJack HesterJack HesterAudrey Kariel (Mayor)
District 5Charlie OliverCharlie OliverJohn WilbornJohn WilbornJohn Wilborn
District 6Chris PaddieChris PaddieMichael McMurryBryan ParteeMichael Smith
District 7Ed Smith (Mayor)William Buddy Power (Mayor)Ed Smith (Mayor)Ed Smith (Mayor)Martha Robb
Municipal services

Management of the city and coordination of city services are provided by:[28]

OfficeOfficeholder
City ManagerFrank Johnson
Fire ChiefKenneth J. "Buzz" Snyder
Police ChiefStan Spence
State government

Marshall is represented in the Texas Senate by Republican Kevin Eltife, District 1, and in the Texas House of Representatives by Republican Bryan Hughes, District 5.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) operates the Marshall District Parole Office in Marshall.[29]

Federal government

At the Federal level, the two U.S. Senators from Texas are Republicans John Cornyn and Kay Bailey Hutchison; Marshall is part of Texas' US Congressional 1st District, which is currently represented by Republican Louie Gohmert.

The United States Postal Service operates the Marshall Post Office.[30]

Economy[edit]

Capital One Bank in downtown Marshall

Marshall's economy is diversified and includes services such as Insurance claims processing at Health Care Service Corporation, also known as BlueCross BlueShield of Texas, education at several institutes of higher learning, manufacturing such as wood kitchen cabinets at Republic Industries and pottery at several manufacturers. Tourism is also an important industry with about one million tourists visiting the city each year.

Marshall has a local sales tax of 2.0%. The Marshall Economic Development Corporation or MEDCO lobbies companies to locate in Marshall and offers incentives to businesses that do. The Greater Marshall Chamber of Commerce represents the interests of local businesses to local, state, and national leaders.

Transportation[edit]

Major highways and interstates in Marshall[edit]

Marshall is served by two taxicab companies. The Harrison County Airport is located in Marshall.

Passenger rail[edit]

Education[edit]

Education in the city in secondary and primary education is almost entirely conducted by the Marshall Independent School District, with more than six thousand students at twelve campuses. A private institution, Trinity Episcopal School, also exists, and some parents choose to home school.

Marshall is also home to St. Joseph Catholic School enrolling students from Pre-K through 4th Grade.

There are nearly two thousand college students in Marshall at East Texas Baptist University and the historically black Wiley College, Texas State Technical College-Marshall and Panola College-Marshall. ETBU is the largest of the four institutions.

Media[edit]

The city has one newspaper, The Marshall News Messenger, a subsidiary of Longview's newspaper, as well as an ABC news office. Three radio stations, KMHT, KMHT-FM, and KBWC, are based in the city. There are no television stations in the city, but the city is within the reception area of stations based in Shreveport, Louisiana: KTBS (ABC), KSLA (CBS), KMSS (FOX), KTAL (NBC), KPXJ (The CW), KSHV-TV (My Network TV), and KLTS (Louisiana Public Broadcasting). The local cable company, Fidelity Communications (Formerly Cobridge Communications) provides Public-access television channels that show local football games produced by KMHT radio, live and replays of meeting of the City and County commissions, and streams audio from KMHT.

Sites of interest[edit]

Notable people[edit]

Marshall Senior High School graduate Lady Bird Johnson, U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson's wife, helped convince Texas to plant wildflowers on state highways.

People from Marshall are called "Marshallites".

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State Rep. Christopher "Chris" Paddie District 9 (R-Marshall)". Texas Tribune. Retrieved June 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ "Texas State Travel Guide/Wonderland of Lights". 
  6. ^ "About Marshall Texas". Marshall Chamber of Commerce. Archived from the original on 2007-08-31. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  7. ^ a b Lale, p. 7.
  8. ^ a b c Campbell, Randolph B. (2001-07-13). "Marshall, Texas". The Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2006-05-25. 
  9. ^ "Marshall, Texas", found in the Encyclopedia of Southern Jewish Communities,
  10. ^ a b Lale, p. 12.
  11. ^ Davis, William C. (2002). Look Away!: A History of the Confederate States of America (1st Edition ed.). Free Press. p. 413. ISBN 0-684-86585-8. 
  12. ^ Campbell (2003), p. 286.
  13. ^ Campbell (2003), p. 272.
  14. ^ Berglund, Ernest (1948). History of Marshall (1st Edition ed.). 
  15. ^ Lale, p. 21.
  16. ^ Campbell (2003), p. 365.
  17. ^ "Gelling v. State of Texas, 343 U.S. 960 (1952)". Retrieved 2007-08-22. 
  18. ^ Campbell (2003), p. 428.
  19. ^ Wyalucing plantation house (and Bishop College) was at 32°32′51″N 94°22′42″W / 32.5476°N 94.3784°W / 32.5476; -94.3784, per Wyalucing, Bishop & West Bush Streets, Marshall, Harrison County, TX, Historic American Buildings Survey, HABS TX-33-D-4, retrieved 22 January 2013
  20. ^ Creswell, Julie (2006-09-24). "So Small a Town, So Many Patent Suits". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-10-15. 
  21. ^ Curriden, Mark (2013-02-12). "Patent lawsuits skyrocket in Texas". Dallas Morning News. Retrieved 2013-10-24. 
  22. ^ "441: When Patents Attack!". 2012-07-22. 
  23. ^ a b "Monthly Averages for Marshall, TX". August 2011. Retrieved January 14, 2008. 
  24. ^ In 2008, Hurricane Ike struck Marshall hard with winds over 60 MPH. 82% of the population in Marshall was without power for a least 24-hours. Monthly Averages from Weather.com, includes table format as well. Retrieved July 16, 2006.
  25. ^ U.S. Decennial Census
  26. ^ Texas Almanac: City Population History 1850–2000
  27. ^ 2010 general profile of population and housing characteristics of MArshall from the US census
  28. ^ City of Marshall. Retrieved 2009-06-03.
  29. ^ "Parole Division Region I." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  30. ^ "Post Office Location - MARSHALL." United States Postal Service. Retrieved May 15, 2010.
  31. ^ Henry E. Chambers, A History of Louisiana, Vol. 2 (Chicago and New York City: American Historical Society, 1925), pp. 313-314

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