Mount Pleasant, Texas

Mount Pleasant, Texas

Mount Pleasant, Texas
City
The Titus County Courthouse in Mount Pleasant
The Titus County Courthouse in Mount Pleasant
Location of Mount Pleasant, Texas
Location of Mount Pleasant, Texas
Coordinates:
Country United States
State Texas
County Titus
Area
 • Total 12.7 sq mi (33.0 km2)
 • Land 12.5 sq mi (32.5 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 404 ft (123 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,564
 • Density 1,112.0/sq mi (429.3/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP codes 75455-75456
Area code(s) 903, 430
FIPS code 48-49800[1]
GNIS feature ID 1342094[2]
Website City of Mount Pleasant, Texas

Mount Pleasant is the county seat and largest city of Titus County,[3] in the U.S. state of Texas. As of the 2010 census, Mount Pleasant's population was 15,564; it is situated in Northeast Texas.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Climate 3
  • Demographics 4
  • Arts and culture 5
  • Education 6
  • Media 7
  • Infrastructure 8
    • Transportation 8.1
    • Healthcare 8.2
    • Postal service 8.3
    • Parole office 8.4
  • Notable people 9
  • References 10
  • External links 11

History

Mount Pleasant was founded May 11, 1848, to serve as county seat for Titus County, which was created by a legislative act on May 11, 1846. Until after the Civil War, Titus County also included the territory of present-day Franklin and Morris counties. High waters along the creeks and the Sulphur River often halted travel in the early years.

In the 21st century, Titus County comprises the Mount Pleasant Micropolitan Statistical Area, named for the county seat.

Geography

Mount Pleasant is located at (33.157891, −94.970084).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.7 square miles (33.0 km²), of which, 12.5 square miles (32.5 km²) of it is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) is covered by water.

Climate

Mount Pleasant is considered to be part of a humid subtropical climate.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, 13,935 people, 4,558 households, and 3,208 families resided in the city. The population density was 1,112.0 people per square mile (429.4/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 56.70% White, 16.00% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.84% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 23.57% from other races, and 2.33% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 40.65% of the population.

In the city, the population was distributed as 31.2% under the age of 18, 10.9% from 18 to 24, 28.1% from 25 to 44, 16.2% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 20 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $28,805, and for a family was $32,331. Males had a median income of $22,629 versus $17,080 for females. The per capita income for the city was $14,190. About 20.3% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.7% of those under age 18 and 16.1% of those age 65 or over.

Mount Pleasant, Texas has grown since the 2000 Census; as of 2010, Mount Pleasant had a population of 15,564.

Arts and culture

  • Titus County Courthouse – located at the Downtown Square, the Courthouse is an important historical building. The courthouse has burned down three times since 1850. The current building was constructed in 1895; it suffered damage in a 1960s fire, in which all county records were destroyed.
  • Downtown Square is bordered by several locally owned businesses.
  • Mount Pleasant is the site of Wal-Mart's first store in Texas.
  • Radar (2006–08), the world's tallest living horse, lived in Mount Pleasant. (In 2005 Goliath was recorded as the world's tallest living horse by Guinness Book of World Records).
  • Mount Pleasant is a nationally recognized Texas Main Street City under the program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
  • One of the largest Dr. Pepper murals in the United States is located on the side of a building that once housed a Dr. Pepper bottler.

Education

The City of Mount Pleasant is served by the Mount Pleasant Independent School District, as well as Chapel Hill Independent School District and Harts Bluff Independent School District. Northeast Texas Community College is also located in Titus County.

  • Mount Pleasant High School is a 5A school. The mascot is the Tigers.
  • Chapel Hill High School is a 2A school. The mascot is the Red Devils.

Media

The Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune is a daily newspaper based in Mount Pleasant. Founded in 1941,[7][8] it has published daily since November 1969.[9]

Infrastructure

Transportation

Madison Avenue in Mount Pleasant

A major project underway to build a 271 loop bypass around Mount Pleasant was completed in 2015.

Healthcare

The City of Mount Pleasant is served by Titus Regional Medical Center.

Postal service

The United States Postal Service operates the Mount Pleasant Post Office.[10]

Parole office

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) operates the Mount Pleasant District Parole Office in Mount Pleasant.[11]

Notable people

  • Dr.John Marion Ellis II – Known worldwide for his distinguished research and discoveries concerning vitamin B6 and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Krista Branch – singer of the song "I Am America," referred to as the anthem of the Tea Party Movement
  • Barry Minter, former National Football League linebacker for the Chicago Bears and Cleveland Browns, appeared in 16 games for Cleveland in 2001 before retiring to Mount Pleasant.
  • Basil Mitchell – former NFL running back for the Green Bay Packers
  • Bill Ratliff – politician
  • Chaun Thompson – American football player who plays linebacker for the Houston Texans
  • Maury Buford – punter for 1985 Chicago Bears Super Bowl Team
  • Norm DukePBA bowler
  • Ray Price – country music singer
  • Sam W. Russell – Texas legislator and lawyer
  • Kendall Wright – American football player, wide receiver for the Tennessee Titans
  • Jason Roy – lead singer of the band Building 429
  • Scott Johnson – lead singer of the band Bonepony, Cowboy Poets

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "MT Pleasant Daily Tribune". Manta. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ "MT Pleasant Daily Tribune". Cortera, Inc. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Daily Tribune". The Daily Tribune. Retrieved August 16, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Post Office Location – MOUNT PLEASANT." United States Postal Service. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.
  11. ^ "Parole Division Region I." Texas Department of Criminal Justice. Retrieved on May 15, 2010.

External links

  • City of Mount Pleasant
  • Mount Pleasant Daily Tribune