Troup is located partially in Cherokee and Smith counties, approximately 20 miles southeast of Tyler. The city was first settled when the International Railroad Company constructed the Palestine-Troup line in 1872. The community was originally called Zavalla. Troup's motto is "The good neighbor town," and homes for rent in the area have access to a number of local businesses, civic organizations and an award-winning school system.
Fun Facts to Future Renters
Troup is the second community to legalize the retail sale of alcohol in Smith County since 1939. Many of the surrounding towns are "dry" communities.
According to the Troup School District, students from Troup High School won the 1995 Texas 2A State Science and Biology championships. In 2008, the school's theater program won acclaim for its production of "The Women of Lockerbie."
Byron Payton, a member of the U.S. 1980 Olympic boxing team who died in an airplane crash, grew up in Troup. Every year the town holds the Byron Payton Memorial Fight Night in his honor.
In the 1900s, the city was home to five cotton gins and produced more than 6,000 bales of cotton each year. Some of the fiber was shipped to Genoa, Italy to be spun into yarn.
Resources for Renters
For important contact numbers, information on the local government and facts about Troup, visit the city's official website.
The Troup School District provides information on academics and athletics in the city. Visit their website to find out about the championships that the high school sports teams have won.
The regional newspaper is the Tri County Leader, which covers Whitehouse, Troup, Lake Tyler and South Tyler. Renters can find information about local politics, community news and local events in the paper.