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Counties of the 5th District
The Dallas County portion of the 5th district is comprised of the East Dallas neighborhoods of Lake Highlands and Lakewood, as well as Mesquite, Seagoville, Sunnyvale, and portions of Garland and Rowlett. The district is host to the nationally recognized Mesquite Championship Rodeo, which celebrated its 50th season in 2007. The Lake Highlands High School Wranglers, an award-winning co-ed dance team, has performed at several Presidential Inaugurations and at the Texas State Society’s Black Tie & Boots ball in Washington, DC, also makes its home in the 5th district. In addition, White Rock Lake is one of the most visited and scenic natural resources in East Dallas. Other treasures in the Dallas County portion of the 5th district include the Dallas Arboretum, the Mesquite Arts Center, and views of Lake Ray Hubbard from its Garland and Rowlett shores.
Anderson County attracts numerous visitors to the beautiful Dogwood Trails Festivals in the spring, Fall Fest/Oktoberfest, the Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility, Engeling Wildlife Management Area, and the Texas State Railroad, which takes travelers back in time to an age when the steam engine was the king of transportation. The single, largest employer is the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Other significant employers include a thriving medical and health care sector that tends to the large population of retirees.
Cherokee County covers over 286,306 acres full of farms and ranches. The county has a diversified agricultural economy ranging from nursery crops, timber, beef cattle production, poultry production, hay and forage, and dairy farms. In addition, there are numerous manufacturing firms that produce a wide variety of products found in households and business around the world. You will also find another stop on the Texas State Railroad in Cherokee County.
Henderson County is located between two of the state’s largest reservoirs. Cedar Creek Lake welcomes visitors from the west and Lake Palestine welcomes visitors from the east. Rolling hills and numerous private lakes also provide outdoor activities such as camping, fishing, and boating. There are also endless opportunities for wildlife enthusiasts, for hunting or just admiring the beautiful landscape and its inhabitants. The county is also home to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries and East Texas Arboretum. In addition, Henderson County fairgrounds offer exciting rodeo events nearly every week.
Kaufman County was historically known for its largest town, Terrell, which began as a “depot town” along the Texas and Pacific Railroad Company’s new transcontinental line from East Texas to California. Today, the county has a diverse economy ranging from industrial manufacturing, retail, ranching, and agriculture. Kaufman County is also home to a 300 foot replica of the Vietnam Wall Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Van Zandt County, which contains parts of the Neches River and Sabine River, the Trinity River watershed, and The Purtis Creek State Park, provides numerous opportunities for hunting, fishing, hiking, and picnicking. The county is known state-wide for “First Monday Trade Days.” Started in the 1900’s, trade days began as a place for farmers and merchants to trade with each other. Today, it takes place over 100 acres and accommodates 3,000 dealers. Like many of the Fifth District’s counties, agriculture is the number one industry.
Wood County contains some of the finest lakes in the nation. Lake Fork, the county’s largest lake is one of the top trophy largemouth bass lakes in the nation. Excellent accommodations, professional fishing guides, excellent shopping, antique shops and restaurants make Lake Fork a great place to visit. Lake Quitman, Lake Hawkins, and Lake Holbrook also offer extensive outdoor entertainment.
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