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Trinity, Texas
City
Motto: "You'll never want to leave!"
Location of Trinity, Texas
Location of Trinity, Texas
Trinity County Trinity.svg
Country United States
State Texas
County Trinity
Area
 • Total 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km2)
 • Land 3.8 sq mi (9.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 233 ft (71 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 2,697
 • Density 710/sq mi (275.2/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75862
Area code(s) 936
FIPS code 48-73664
GNIS feature ID 1370117
Website City of Trinity, Texas

Trinity is a city in Trinity County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,697 at the 2010 census.

History

Trinity was founded in 1872 on land purchased from the New York and Texas Land Company. The town was a railroad station on the Houston and Great Northern Railroad.

The town was originally named Trinity Station after the Trinity River. The name of the town was later changed to Trinity City, then to Trinity. The town was incorporated in 1910.

Hardin-Sublet Gunfight

On August 7, 1872, John Wesley Hardin and Phil Sublet got into a gambling dispute at John Gates' Saloon. The saloon was a plank structure with a bar and a ten pin alley. After making peace, Sublet left the saloon and called out Hardin from the street south of the front door. Hardin appeared at that door and Sublet fired one shot at him. Hardin returned fire not intending to kill him. Distracted, Hardin was pulled into a middle door and Sublet wounded him with the other barrel of his shotgun. Hardin then went after him through the streets and into a dry goods store. After a pistol malfunction, Hardin fired again and hit Sublet in the shoulder. Too weak from his wounds, Hardin was unable to pursue him.

Geography

Trinity is located at 30°56′44″N 95°22′32″W / 30.94556°N 95.37556°W / 30.94556; -95.37556 (30.945495, -95.375599).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), all of it land.

Trinity, 80 miles (130 km) north of Houston, has two stoplights. Mandy Oaklander of the Houston Press said that Trinity "is a speck of a town[...]"

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 856
1920 1,363
1930 2,036 49.4%
1940 2,217 8.9%
1950 2,054 −7.4%
1960 1,787 −13.0%
1970 2,512 40.6%
1980 2,620 4.3%
1990 2,648 1.1%
2000 2,721 2.8%
2010 2,697 −0.9%
Est. 2015 2,752 2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,721 people, 1,098 households, and 703 families residing in the city. The population density was 720.2 people per square mile (277.9/km²). There were 1,284 housing units at an average density of 339.9 per square mile (131.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.18% White, 33.88% African American, 0.40% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 6.76% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.92% of the population.

There were 1,098 households out of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% were married couples living together, 19.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 3.12.

In the city, the population was spread out with 28.4% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 23.8% from 25 to 44, 22.0% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 85.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $24,474, and the median income for a family was $28,678. Males had a median income of $24,470 versus $21,290 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,320. About 15.2% of families and 24.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.6% of those under age 18 and 24.4% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Old Red Schoolhouse

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Old Red Schoolhouse

Completed in 1915, the Prairie Style, T-Plan building housed all grade levels until completion of an adjacent High School in 1928. "Old Red" served as a schoolhouse for 80 years. When it was slated for demolition in the 1990s, concerned citizens and former students worked with the School District to preserve the historic building for continued use. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior. It was previously used as a haunted house for Halloween.

Employment

As of 2014, employment makeup of the city was; 25.8% Health Care & Social Assistance; 22.9% Retail Trade; 16.6% Accommodation & Food Services; 9.9% Educational Services; 7.3% Public Administration; 7.3% Wholesale Trade; 2.6% Professional, Scientific, & Technical Services; 2.2% Construction; 2.0% Administration & Support, Waste Management & Remediation; 1.2% Utilities; 1.0% Finance & Insurance; .4% Information; .4% Other Services; .2% Real Estate & Rental & Leasing and .2% Transportation & Warehousing.

Trinity Steel Fabricators, Inc.

Trinity Steel Fabricators was founded in 1976 by the Karnes family. In 2012 the company moved its headquarters to Houston, Texas. In 2014 the company acquired United Steel Fabricators, Inc., a structural steel fabrication facility in Trinity, Texas.

Avalon Place Nursing Home

Avalon Place has a rating of 2 stars based on the health inspection, staffing, and quality measures ratings combined into one. The 118 bed nursing home is owned by Southwest LTC Trinity, Ltd, a for profit partnership.

Wilkison Hardware & Furniture

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