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Texas Independence Trail Region

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Texas Heritage Trails Program

Winnie


In the year of 1894, the eastern section of Chambers County was opened by the State of Texas to those people who would be interested in settling the land by homestead grant.


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At I-10 on the east most boundary of Chambers County, at Texas 124.


The Gulf and Interstate Railway Co. (now the Santa Fe Railroad) made a decision that it was wise to have an outlet by rail transportation to the gulf coast. Fox Winnie was sent as an engineer by the railroad company to review the prospect of such a venture and found it desirable. In the 1895, the surveys were made and the town of Winnie was established on the railroad and named in honor of the engineer who built the railroad through the area.
For over 100 years now, farmers and ranchers have been the backbone of the community and nature tourism has become a major market for Winnie, with major birding, hunting and fishing destinations surrounding the community.