Texas City Important to History Considered Oldest in State
As far as towns go Austin, Houston, and San Antonio might get the most attention for their size, but have you ever wondered what's the oldest?
As per EverythingLubbock.com turns out Nacogdoches is the oldest town in Texas, so much so that it is OFFICIALLY (according to themselves) nicknamed "The Oldest Town in Texas."
That's a little unimaginative.
So, for a little background information, the Spanish had been in Texas as early as the 1600s, but several tribes of Native Americans inhabited the land far before.
Either way, it was "founded" in 1779 by Spanish Colonel Antonio Gil Y’Barbo but was originally inhabited by the Caddo Native American tribe.
As a prime piece of realty at the edge of Texas-Louisiana, the town has gone through several fights for ownership, resulting in it flying its banner under NINE different flags.
Notable to any Texas child who had to take Texas history, Nacogdoches was also the site of the Battle of Nacogdoches in 1832 when Texas settlers forced the Mexican military out of East Texas.
As of the 2020 US Census, the population of Nacogdoches is 32,147 and it is home to Stephen F. Austin State University, which has a student population of 12,000 and a large number of employees.
Students make up an entire third of that city!
Can you imagine that trash day?
A Renaissance city, though, Nacogdoches isn't a one-trick pony.
It's known for a few other things like being one of the most commonly mispronounced city names in Texas.
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