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The City of Troup, located in the rolling hills of East Texas near Tyler, is partially in North Cherokee and Southern Smith Counties, and was born out of two nearby communities. The International Railroad Company opened the Palestine-Troupe Line on November 9, 1872 and the first settlers of Troupe, or Zavalla as it was first known, came from Old Knoxville and Old Canton. The town of Troupe, named after a governor or possibly a county in Georgia, was surveyed and the streets laid out by the railroad in 1872. A map of the town site was filed for record February 27, 1873. The original town map made by the railroad shows a plat dedicated for a school at the location of the current elementary cafeteria building. In addition, while platting the town, the railroad reserved a portion of land for the City Cemetery and it was dedicated in 1873.

The first record of a lot sold in Troupe was dated January 13, 1873, to W. A. Pope. Dr. James Rountree produced the first building in Troup, which was a two-room structure moved from Knoxville in 1872 and Dr. Rountree was followed by M. L. Mock, who set up a blacksmith shop where the First United Methodist Church now stands. Business houses, composed mainly of wood frame structures with plank sidewalks, were built on either side of a branch east of the railroad which bisected what is now the main part of the business district. On July 22, 1880, Troupe was almost totally destroyed by fire, but the townspeople commenced to rebuild and the burned district was soon covered with even more substantial buildings than those burned. In November 1881 another fire occurred, which destroyed the entire southern portion of the business street. Again, the people rebuilt.

At the turn of the century it is said that the business community was composed of eleven saloons and ten business houses. On November 11, 1909, the "e" was dropped from Troupe at the request of the railroad. Troup was an agriculturally oriented community. For many years, cotton was its mainstay. At one time, Troup had five active cotton gins and the community marketed from 6,000 to 8,000 bales of cotton annually; some of which were shipped directly to Italian spinners in Genoa, Italy. Although cotton was king, other principle money crops were bell peppers and tomatoes.

Troup is presently comprised of approximately 100 businesses, more than a dozen churches of varying denominations, an award winning school system, as well as many civic organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Hall, the Troup Genealogical & Historical, Troup Women's Civic Organization, Masonic Lodge, Eastern Star, Cameron J. Jarvis Municipal Library and community center. Two dentists, a medical doctor and a pharmacy are available for health needs and we are less than twenty miles from a major medical center. One attorney is also located in Troup. For recreation there is a country club with swimming pool and an 9-hole golf course, tennis courts and several parks.

Troup continues to be a GOOD NEIGHBOR TOWN


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Dear Troup Chamber of Commerce Friends,
January marks the beginning of our annual membership drive.  We hope that you consider your membership an asset that you want to continue.  If you are not currently a Troup Chamber member, we welcome you to join us in promoting the businesses in our community.
All chamber members are listed on our website.   This is inexpensive advertising for our local businesses.  The website is also a good source of local information.  It is visited several thousand times each month.
As well as promoting Troup businesses, the Chamber hosts the Christmas Parade in December and the Annual Awards Banquet in the Spring.
            The Troup Chamber of Commerce does not hold any fund-raising activities.  There are other civic organizations in our community that depend on this type of funding.  We do not compete with their funding efforts.  Our only source of income is the membership fees that are provided by the businesses and individuals in our town. 
            This year the Chamber Directors are hosting an evening meeting for the entire Chamber of Commerce membership.  Troup Chamber’s new executive director, Suzanne Loudamy, will make a short presentation about efforts of the Troup Community Development Corporation to serve and look to a positive future for our area. She is also the new executive director of the TCDC. Working closely together, these two organizations can continue to keep the OPEN sign lit in Troup.
  We hope that you can find time in your busy schedules to attend this meeting on Thursday, February 1, 2018 at the Troup ISD Administration Office at 6:30 p.m.  It is also a good time to visit and exchange ideas with other members of the Troup business community.
            We value your participation and the important part you play in our community.
Troup Chamber of Commerce Directors

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