Located in southeastern Smith County, Whitehouse got its name from a whitewashed building near the railroad tracks that served as a school, church and a community area. In 1818 a Quapaw Indian camp was located in the vicinity. Being an agricultural community, Whitehouse received a boost in the 1870s with the arrival of the International-Great Northern Railroad. The community’s oldest Business, the Whitehouse Mercantile Corporation was started in 1913. Local industries include cattle raising, chicken farming, and tree nurseries. The annual YesterYear celebration held the last weekend in June is devoted to the history and heritage of the area. According to the 2010 census, the population was 7,660.
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