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Tatum, Texas

Tatum was established in 1885 when the Santa Fe Railroad was built through the town. The townsite was donated by the Tatum family settlers in the area. Tatum was on the earlier Trammel's Trace, a prominent foot and horseback trail from Conway, Arkansas, to Nacogdoches. It is currently a trade center for lumber, farm and dairy enterprises. Tatum hosts excellent fishing in nearby lakes and streams and offers woodlands hunting as well.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Martin Creek Lake State Park

On Martin Creek Lake with camping, rest rooms, showers and boat-launching ramp. Activities include fishing, swimming, boating, water skiing, and nature trails in scenic woodlands. Texas 43 southwest, F.M. 1716

Tatum, TX State Parks

Things to do near Tatum, TX

Joe Roughneck Statue

Commemorating George William Strake, who brought in the 19,000-acre Conroe Oil Field in 1931 and became Houston's first oil m...

Jones State Forest

A 1,725 acres pine and hardwood forest. Five miles southwest via I-45 and F.M. 1488. Birdwatcher's haven with more than 150 s...

Polk County Museum

Historical items including Early American glassware, Indian artifacts, tools and relics of early settlers, early logging and ...

Texas Forestry Museum

Early logging machinery, sawmill town exhibit, wildland fire fighting equipment and fire tower, old railroad depot, antique r...