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PROVIDENCE, TEXAS (Van Zandt County). Providence, sixteen miles northeast of Canton in northeast Van Zandt County, had a post office as early as 1878 and another continuously from 1888 until the 1930s. A Providence school, established by 1890, had two teachers in 1905 and reached a peak enrollment of sixty-one; it was consolidated with the Van Independent School District in 1949. In 1940 Providence had a general store and a population of thirty. The settlement appeared on postal maps in 1888 but did not appear on later state highway maps. A school community named Providence was located just across the county line in Smith County, and the two communities may have been linked.

Diana J. Kleiner


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

Diana J. Kleiner, "PROVIDENCE, TX (VAN ZANDT COUNTY)," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 29, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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