Crockett is the administrative center of and the largest city in Houston County. Houston County is the oldest county and Crockett is the 5th oldest city in the state of Texas. When the county was established in 1837, an early settler from Tennessee named Andrew Edwards Gossett, donated land for the county seat. He and his father Elijah, named the settlement after Davy Crockett, a former neighbor from Tennessee who camped near the townsite on his way to San Antonio. In 1837, the town was incorporated and a post office was opened a year later. Crockett had become a training center and a mustering point for Confederate conscripts during the Civil War. In 1865, the courthouse and most of the town was burned, resulting in the loss of the county’s early records. After WWII, Crockett grew steadily and by 1990, the city reported 180 businesses. Agriculture, furniture, plastics, chemicals, and clothing productions remained to be the city’s major source of income. To date, Crockett’s attractions include a Fiddlers Festival in June and a rodeo in July, on top of its many old homes and historical sites.
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