The City of Ivanhoe is located among the tall pine and hardwood forest of East Texas on U.S. Highway 69/287, seven miles south of Woodville. Development of Ivanhoe began in the early 1960s as a family recreational community for camping, horseback riding, hunting and fishing. Situated on 2,500 acres of gently rolling hills, Ivanhoe has five private lakes and twelve parks.
In November 2009 residents voted to incorporate the community as a "Class C" municipality. Today the City of Ivanhoe has a population of 1,825 full-time residents and is Tyler County’s second largest city.
Logging was an active industry in this heavily forested area of Tyler County in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. Tram tracks travelled across or alongside of three of the spring-fed lakes, taking logs to the nearby mills that were common to Tyler County in that era.
The oldest home site in Ivanhoe is thought to date back to the mid- to late-1800s. This site includes a house with a water well, a barn, and a log smoke house. The site is referred to by locals as “The Settler’s Place” or “The Stage Coach Stop.” Prior to the development of the state highway system, a
While it is unproven that this site was an actual stage coach stop, in 1857 a stage line ran from Cheneyville, Louisiana, to Huntsville, Texas. The stage coach came through Newton, Jasper and Woodville, and on to Huntsville. Due to rough roads and terrain, stage coach routes often had brief stops every 15 to 30 miles to allow passengers to stretch and get a drink of water, and to provide for a change of horses if needed. By the early 1880s the stagecoach era was essentially over, its services replaced by railroads.
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