Lake Palestine Area
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Lake Palestine Area
The Frankston-Lake Palestine area, with a population in excess of 6,000, is located in the heart of East Texas forest trails, removed from Texas’ big city metroplex system.
Residents of this area enjoy a quality of life which affords them the atmosphere of small town America with metropolitan conveniences and recreation only minutes away.
Nearest large city is Tyler, Texas, about 20 miles away. About 100 miles or two hours driving time away is the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex. This area is centrally-located between Tyler and three other larger cities - Jacksonville, Palestine and Athens.
The economy is based primarily on recreational income derived from Lake Palestine as well as income from retired persons, livestock and hay production, forest products, oil and gas and jobs in Tyler, Jacksonville, Palestine and Athens. Local income sources are schools, Frankston Paper Box factory and retail and service businesses.
International Paper Co. operates a pine seedling farm east of Lake Palestine and numerous big ranches dot the area.
Quality schools, medical facilities and emergency services, churches, fishing, boating, college and high school sports, golf, entertainment, an airstrip, parks and picnic areas, beautiful Dogwood and pine trees, motels, restaurants, an excellent public library and museum, adequate electrical power, telephone service, a television cable system, historic sites and a host of community activities make living in this area enjoyable.
A temperate climate makes it possible for area residents to enjoy outdoor living for much of the year. Temperatures range from highs slightly above 100 degrees F. in the summer to no lower than 10 degrees most years in the winter. Average annual rainfall is about 40 inches. The generally hilly pine and hardwood-covered countryside ranges from about 300 to 500 feet above sea level.
The peaceful setting around Frankston and Lake Palestine provides a friendly environment for a host of birds and animals. The national bird, the American Bald Eagle, has been found in recent years near the lake.
Besides excellent fishing on Lake Palestine, the area offers an abundance of deer, ducks and other wildlife for hunting enthusiasts. Most prevalent fish are catfish, large-mouth bass, crappie and bream. Catfish also are raised in some of the small lakes and stock ponds and sold commercially.
Lake Palestine is the site of a number of Bass Tournaments each year, whose activities contribute to the area economy.
Golfers find the courses at Emerald Bay to the north and Dogwood Trails Golf Club to the south give them what they are seeking in recreation and exercise.
Lake Frankston is the home of a number of area residents, nestled in a picturesque setting beside a peaceful lake about seven miles south of Frankston.
Adequate transportation outlets include U. S. 175, which provides easy access to the markets of Dallas to the northwest and the Beaumont-Port Arthur areas to the southeast. State Highway 155 connects with Interstate 20 on the north and the Houston area on the south via S.H. 19 or Interstate 45. Nearby Tyler, Athens, Palestine and Jacksonville offer rail connections.
Housing for residents of the area ranges from mobile homes to spacious, luxurious brick veneer homes in the cities and on Lake Palestine. Rent property includes duplexes, small homes and apartment complexes. Adequate land for additional residential and commercial construction is available in the area and may be obtained through private individuals and real estate agents.
Families living in the area are served by supermarkets, a hardware store, a pharmacy, numerous convenience stores, services stations and tire stores, auto repair and supply stores, beauty and barber shops, fast-food and conventional restaurants, motels, two auto dealerships and other businesses.
Natural gas is available in Frankston and Poynor and the entire area is served by electric utility and telephone companies. Propane gas suppliers serve the area where needed. Cable television is available for much of Frankston, Berryville and Coffee City and rural residents receive the major networks as well as stations in Dallas-Fort Worth and Shreveport with antenna systems. Some residents have satellite TV reception dishes for additional TV programming.
Two banks serve the financial needs of the area. An established weekly newspaper provides area businesses with a medium for advertising their products and services and area residents with news of people and events of importance to them.
Medical clinics and dentists serve the area. Resident emergency medical service personnel with an ambulance are on call 24 hours a day and emergency helicopter service to a Tyler hospital is available. A well-equipped and staffed nursing center in Frankston provides for the needs of older citizens who require such care. Large well-staffed and equipped hospitals as well as specialists in almost every field are available in Tyler, Jacksonville, Athens and Palestine.
A funeral home, various community cemeteries and a new perpetual care memorial park offer additional services in time of need.
Churches of several denominations Baptist, Methodist, Assembly of God, Roman Catholic and Church of Christ, as well as non-denominational community churches - serve the religious needs of the area. Churches of other faiths are available in nearby cities.
The area is steeped in history. From the historic railroad depot in Frankston, now a library, to the famous Kickapoo Battlefield monument and the former site of Cynthia Ann Parker’s grave at the old Fosterville cemetery, tourists and area residents can reflect on some of the past events which shaped this area. The Kickapoo monument is located about 2.2 miles southeast of Frankston on Farm Road 19. That’s where General Thomas J. Rusk of a Texas Army of 200 routed Mexican and renegade Kickapoo Indian allies on Oct. 16, 1838.
Historic homes include the Saunders log home on FM 19, constructed of materials from the historic Kickapoo community. The Wm. Foster Masonic Lodge had its beginnings in early Fosterville and a historic Black church east of Frankston is the Mt. Olive-Sand Flat Baptist Church.
At Brushy Creek, 9.5 miles southwest of Frankston on F.M. 837, is the Anderson Camp Ground. The Methodists built the outdoor arbor tabernacle in 1837 for church worship. It was used for multi-denominational services for years. Many people came by horse and wagon to spend days there for fellowship and worship. A unique cross roads store takes visitors back to a bygone era.
Last Update: 3/20/23