|Elevation||568 ft (173 m)|
|Time zone||UTC-6 (Central (CST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-5 (CDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1378142|
The settlement was originally named "Cold Water", and began as a log house which was used for religious services. An early settler, Elisha Tunnell, erected a church at that location known as "Tunnell's Chapel". Another early settler named Kellam donated 5 acres (2.0 ha) of land, and on part of it a cemetery was established. The first burial, in 1884, was of Elisha Tunnell. The donated land had also been the location of two local churches and three schools; one of the schools located in Tunnell's Chapel in the late 1870s. The location was also the site of revivals and summer camp meetings.
Colfax had a population of around 100 in the 1930s. It had declined to 35 by 2000.
- Vaneverie Bascom Cozby, mayor of Grand Saline, Texas for 30 years.
- Brady P. Gentry, United States Representative; born in Colfax in 1896.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Colfax
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- List of Post Offices in the United States. J. C. Rives. 1870. p. 372.
- Manning, Wentworth (1919). Some History of Van Zandt County. I. Homestead Company. p. 213.
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