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CENTRAL, TEXAS (Cherokee County). Central, also known as Central High, was a dispersed community on Farm Road 851 eight miles southeast of Rusk in eastern Cherokee County. The area was first settled after the Civil War, but a distinct community did not form until the establishment of Central High School at the site in the early 1900s. In the mid-1930s Central, as the community that grew up around the school came to be called, comprised the school and a number of houses, with several stores nearby. Central High was consolidated with the Alto school district in 1955. In the early 1990s a church, a community center, and a few houses still remained in the area.


Hattie Joplin Roach, A History of Cherokee County (Dallas: Southwest, 1934).

Christopher Long


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Christopher Long, "CENTRAL, TX (CHEROKEE COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 09, 2015. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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