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Henderson, TX 75653

County: Rusk County
GPS: 32.1661037, -94.8115572
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Joinerville is an unincorporated community in East Texas. Joinerville is seven miles west of the City of Henderson. It was originally called Cyril, and then Miller or Miller Schoolhouse until 1930, when the name was officially changed to "Joinerville" to honor a prominent oilman who discovered the world's largest oilfield just a couple of miles away. During the oil-boom years that followed 1930, men and families flocked to East Texas to find work in the oilfields and Joinerville's population shot up to 1,500. During the 1930's, the community that had been nothing more than a sleepy farm-town, now had thirty-five businesses and a brand new post office .

However, by 1940, new oil production had already peaked and the town's population quickly dropped to just 500. Over the decade that followed, the number of residents continued its downward spiral to 350 and the number of reported businesses dropped to just four. After a slight upswing during the 1950s and 1960s, the population again fell greatly.  By 1950, while the existing oil wells continued to pump 20 years after discovery of the oilfield (many still pumping to this day), the need to drill new wells had long-passed. With work drying up, most of the families who had lived and worked side-by-side for more than a decade, left Joinerville and scattered to the wind.

Over the span of just 20 years, Joinerville had exploded from nothing more than a speck on the map, to a boom-town, and back. Most all of the old buildings from its heyday are long gone and all that remains are pastures and memories of a time when Joinerville mattered, not just to Texas but, because of World War II, the world.

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Last updated on : 3/16/2013

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