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Joaquin, Shelby County, Texas
Benjamin Franklin Morris came to Texas in 1838 and settled in the northeast part of Shelby County in a village called Sarat. He gave right-of-way through 500 acres of his land to the Houston East and West Texas Railroad in 1884. His one stipulation was that the passenger train would make stops in the town, and the railroad agreed.
Sometime later, Morris' grandson, Joaquin, was killed in a hunting accident. In honor of his grandson, Morris donated a one hundred acre townsite, and the town of Joaquin was established in 1887.