The city of Quitman was founded in 1850 and was chosen as the county seat of Wood County. The county was named after George Thomas Wood, Texas' second governor. Prior to being named Quitman, the area was inhabited by the Caddo Indians. The Caddoan people occupied large villages along major waterways in East Texas dating back to 200 B.C. Quitman is located in beautiful Northeast Texas at the intersection of State Highway 37 and 154 midway between Interstate 20 to the South and Interstate 30 to the North. Quitman is centrally located between Dallas, Texas and Shreveport, Louisiana. Quitman has lots to brag about. Governor Jim Hogg Shrine and State Historical Park located inside the city limits is the only park in the state with three museum buildings. Lake Quitman located just 4 1/2 miles north of Quitman is probably one of the best kept secrets in Wood County. We're proud of our City Library, East Texas Medical Clinic, Dogwood Festival, Quitman ISD, and Old Settler's Reunion. The City of Quitman offers its residents a quality of life envied by many. The gentle hills of Northeast Texas, nestled among pine and hardwoods shade the more delicate dogwoods that show their white and pink blossoms each spring. The warm hometown feeling of Quitman is just down the road apiece from beautiful lakes for outdoor recreation. It is a simpler way of life in a more complex time.
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