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Tenaha, Texas

Tenaha, Shelby County, Texas

Population 1160
Square Miles 4.0 sq miles
Major Employers Tenaha ISD
Scull Timber
Basic Oil Field Services
Pilgrim Pride
R & S Trucking Company


Our History

Tenaha was established in 1886 soon after the completion of the Houston East and West Texas Railroad. Most of the land in the Tenaha area was owned by pioneer lumbermen brothers, E.S. and C.B. Hicks, who had given land for right-of-way to the railroad. Tenaha was named for Tenaha Creek and for the Municipality of Tenehaw. It has always been understood that Tenaha in the Indian Language means “muddy water.”


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