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Entry from May 31, 2008
Paradise in the Pines (Crockett slogan)

The city of Crockett in East Texas is located near the Davy Crockett National Forest. Davy Crockett was known as the “king of the wild frontier,” and the city of Crockett has advertised itself as a “Paradise in the Pines” since at least 1965.

Wikipedia: Crockett, Texas
Crockett is a city in Houston County, Texas, in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 7,141. It is the county seat of Houston County.

The town was named after Davy Crockett who reportedly had camped nearby on his way to the Alamo. The site was very near the Old San Antonio Road. A family of Tennesseans donated the land for the town and named it after Crockett, who they had known back in Tennessee. The town was incorporated in 1837, and a post office was granted the following year.

Wikipedia: Davy Crockett National Forest
Davy Crockett National Forest is off U.S. Highway 69 lying west of Lufkin, Texas and east of Crockett. It is administered by the United States Department of Agriculture National Forest Service local headquarters in Lufkin. There are local ranger district offices located in Kennard.

The forest covers a total of 161,842 acres (252.9 sq mi/655.0 km²) in two counties - Houston 94,481 acres (147.6 sq mi/382.4 km²) and Trinity 67,361 acres (105.3 sq mi/272.6 km²).

Davy Crockett National Forest
The Davy Crockett National Forest, named for the legendary pioneer, contains more than 160,000 acres of East Texas woodlands, streams, recreation areas, and wildlife habitat. Located in Houston and Trinity Counties, the forest is centrally located within the Neches and Trinity River basins. The Davy Crockett National Forest was proclaimed a National Forest by President Franklin Roosevelt on October 15, 1936.

The ranger district office is located near Ratcliff on Highway 7 about one-quarter mile west of FM 227 in Houston County.  A work center is located about one-half mile north of Highway 7 on FM 227.

Wikipedia: Piney Woods
The Piney Woods is a terrestrial ecoregion in the Southern United States covering 54,400 mi² (140,900 km²) of East Texas, Southern Arkansas, Western Louisiana, and Southeastern Oklahoma. This coniferous forest, is dominated by several species of pine, including Longleaf Pine, Shortleaf Pine and Loblolly Pine, as well as several varieties of hardwoods including Hickory and Oak. The World Wide Fund for Nature considers the Piney Woods to be one of the critically endangered ecoregions of the United States. 

Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce
Paradise in the Pines

Texas Forest Country
Houston County, Texas
A Paradise in the Pines is not a paradise if there is nowhere to play. As a part of the Texas Forest Trail, Houston County offers a wide variety of outdoor recreation. Here you will find something for everyone. Hiking, boating, fishing, picnicking, swimming, biking, birding and much more is waiting for you. For those interested in history, there are over 265 Registered Historic Landmarks located throughout Houston County. We hope you will come and “play” in our paradise.

27 June 1965, Dallas (TX) Morning News, “Paradise in Pines Is Also City of Champions” by Pauline Crittenden, section D, pg. 8:
I have a suggestion (completely free of charge, of course!) for the City Fathers of Crockett. While I have no quarrel with their slogan of “Paradise in the Pines,” I’d enlarge it to read “Visit Crockett: Paradise in the Pines and City of Champions.”

The world-renowned champion that you can visit at Crockett is Cutter Bill. Quarter Horse fanciers need no further introductions.

OCLC WorldCat record
Crockett and Houston County : “paradise in the pines”
by Continental Map Inc.
Type: Map; English
Publisher: Austin, Tex. : Continental Map Inc., ©1985.

OCLC WorldCat record
Crockett, paradise in the pines
by Crockett Community Council.
Type: Book; English
Publisher: Crockett, Tex. : Crockett Community Council, [19--]

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