Cuney, Texas

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Cuney, Texas
Location of Cuney, Texas
Location of Cuney, Texas
Cherokee County Cuney.svg
Coordinates: 32°2′3″N 95°25′4″W / 32.03417°N 95.41778°W / 32.03417; -95.41778Coordinates: 32°2′3″N 95°25′4″W / 32.03417°N 95.41778°W / 32.03417; -95.41778
Country United States
State Texas
County Cherokee
 • City Council Mayor: Jesse Johnson
Aldermen --
Place 1:
Place 2: Diane Reed
Place 3:
Place 4: Elizabeth Jenkins
 • Total 1.64 sq mi (4.26 km2)
 • Land 1.64 sq mi (4.26 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 374 ft (114 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 140
 • Density 85/sq mi (32.9/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 • Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 75759
Area code(s) 430, 903
FIPS code 48-18152[1]
GNIS feature ID 1333813[2]

Cuney is a speed trap town located in northwest Cherokee County, Texas, United States. The population was 140 at the 2010 census.[3]

Cuney operates the 6th worst offending speed trap in Texas,[4] generating an annual average of $319,117, or $2,279 per town resident, from speeding citations issued along a small stretch of U.S. Highway 175. Cuney was the only "wet" town in Cherokee County from the mid-1980s until 2009, when voters in Rusk came out in favor of beer/wine sales. After that result, voters in Jacksonville and Frankston have since voted in favor of beer/wine sales, and Rusk voters returned to the polls to vote in favor of liquor sales. As of 2017, there is only one liquor store remaining in Cuney.


Cuney is located at 32°2′3″N 95°25′4″W / 32.03417°N 95.41778°W / 32.03417; -95.41778 (32.034127, -95.417769).[5] It is situated just west of the junction of U.S. Highway 175 and FM 855 in northwestern Cherokee County, approximately 10 miles (16 km) northwest of Jacksonville, 24 miles (39 km) northwest of Rusk,[6] and 28 miles (45 km) southeast of Athens.

Site of Cuney's Community Center, which was dedicated in 2012. The center is located where Cuney's school once stood.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.64 square miles (4.26 km2), all of it land. The Neches River forms the northwest border of the town and the Cherokee/Anderson County line.


The site was first settled by freed slaves just after the Civil War. The settlement was initially known as Andy, after Andrew "Andy" Bragg, one of the area's first black homeowners. He arrived in 1870.[7] A community didn't develop until 1902, when the site became a flag stop on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad, which became part of the Southern Pacific system in 1961. Around 1914, Palestine cashier H.L. Price and several local investors formed a company and platted a town site. They named the town Cuney, after Price's son, Cuney Price – who in turn had been named for Norris Wright Cuney, a prominent black politician and head of the state's Republican Party.[8] A post office was established in 1917 and a number of businesses were operating in the community by the early 1920s. With the paving of State Highway 40 in 1929 which would eventually become U.S. Highway 175, most of the businesses moved a mile north of the railroad to take advantage of the increased traffic. The population was estimated at 100 in 1929, but declined to only 25 by the mid-1930s. A number of businesses closed after World War II as agricultural prices decreased and residents moved to other cities with greater employment opportunities. Cuney had a population of 75 in the early 1950s. From that period, the community steadily grew, and Cuney was incorporated in November 1983.[6][8] In the 1990 census, the town had 170 residents. That number had fallen to 145 by 2000.


The Joe W. Arnwine Municipal Business Center contains Cuney's City Hall, police department, and municipal court facilities.

The U.S. Postal Service operates a Post Office in Cuney, just east of City Hall.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 170
2000 145 −14.7%
2010 140 −3.4%
Est. 2016 141 [9] 0.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 145 people, 59 households, and 36 families residing in the town. The population density was 88.6 people per square mile (34.1/km²). There were 78 housing units at an average density of 47.7 per square mile (18.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 11.03% White, 83.45% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.69% from other races, and 3.45% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

There were 59 households out of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 28.8% were married couples living together, 23.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.3% were non-families. 27.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the town, the population was spread out with 32.4% under the age of 18, 2.1% from 18 to 24, 26.2% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,333, and the median income for a family was $17,500. Males had a median income of $18,438 versus $22,083 for females. The per capita income for the town was $7,612. There were 35.0% of families and 37.1% of the population living below the poverty line, including 43.4% of under eighteens and 44.8% of those over 64.


For many years, Cuney had its own school, but since then, it has been served by the Jacksonville Independent School District.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Cuney town, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 27, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Texas's Worst Speed Traps". Retrieved February 16, 2018. 
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ a b "Cuney, Texas". Texas Escapes Online Magazine. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  7. ^ "Cuney, Texas". Cherokee County, TXGenWeb. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  8. ^ a b "Cuney, Texas". The Handbook of Texas online. Retrieved 2009-08-19. 
  9. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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