Marshall Creek, Texas

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Marshall Creek, Texas
Former Town
Nickname(s): None
Location within the state of Texas
Location within the state of Texas
Coordinates: 33°1′4″N 97°12′31″W / 33.01778°N 97.20861°W / 33.01778; -97.20861Coordinates: 33°1′4″N 97°12′31″W / 33.01778°N 97.20861°W / 33.01778; -97.20861
Country United States
State Texas
County Denton
Area
 • Total 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Land 0.2 sq mi (0.6 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 610 ft (186 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 431
 • Density 1,874/sq mi (723.5/km2)
Time zone CST (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
FIPS code 48-46782[1]
GNIS feature ID 1388543[2]

Marshall Creek was a town in Denton County, Texas, United States with a population of 431 at the 2000 census.

History[edit]

Original residents began moving into the small area in the late 1960s, attracted to inexpensive country living. The town had no formal government until it was incorporated in 1983 to prevent possible annexation by neighboring cities which would bring higher tax rates and more strict regulations. The town took the name of a nearby park operated by the United States Army Corps of Engineers. Originally designed as an affordable location to purchase land for a manufactured (or mobile) homes, the area has few site-built structures. In late November 2007, Marshall Creek consolidated with neighboring Roanoke, Texas.[3]

Politics[edit]

Incorporated as a general law municipality in 1983, Marshall Creek has remained, by virtue of its small borders, relatively out of the public spotlight. However, internal strife has caused the town to become unstable. According to published reports, bookkeeping by the government was spotty, resulting in losses from unpaid property taxes the town failed to assess. In 1996, the government fell behind in payments to the Trinity River Authority, which removes and treats sewage for the town.

More recently, after the September 11 attacks on the United States, the small town, with its equivalently small police force, lost a sizable contract to patrol nearby Marshall Creek Park. Instead, the Army Corps of Engineers awarded that contract to nearby Trophy Club, which had a larger and more experienced force. In addition, in 2002, police officers who had written traffic tickets for the city on nearby US Highway 377 were revealed to have expired peace officer certifications, thus rendering those citations invalid. The town was forced to repay approximately US$4,300 in traffic fines.

As a result of the loss of income from the Corps of Engineers contract as well as poor records management and having virtually no other revenue source than property taxes and traffic citations, the town filed for bankruptcy under Chapter 9 of the Bankruptcy Code in January 2006.

The town's last mayor prior to consolidation was James Macy-Simpson.

Consolidation[edit]

As part of the May 12, 2007, general election, Marshall Creek voters were asked if they wished to consolidate with the nearby town of Roanoke. This proposition was approved by a vote of 72-18. Roanoke voters decided on November 6, 2007 to consolidate Marshall Creek into Roanoke by an 83% margin of victory. Roanoke canvassed the election on November 19, 2007 and the consolidation became official.

Geography[edit]

Marshall Creek is located at 33°1′4″N 97°12′31″W / 33.01778°N 97.20861°W / 33.01778; -97.20861 (33.017727, -97.208625)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 km² (0.2 mi²), all land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 431 people, 153 households, and 108 families residing in the town. The population density was 723.5/km² (1,864.5/mi²). There were 167 housing units at an average density of 280.3/km² (722.4/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.66% White, 0.23% Native American, 3.25% from other races, and 1.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.39% of the population.

There were 153 households out of which 31.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.3% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 19.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.23.

In the town the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 11.1% from 18 to 24, 31.1% from 25 to 44, 18.8% from 45 to 64, and 11.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 108.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 103.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,114, and the median income for a family was $30,938. Males had a median income of $25,893 versus $23,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,972. About 13.8% of families and 15.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.8% of those under age 18 and 7.7% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Marshall Creek is served by the Northwest Independent School District.

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