Became seat of Panola (Indian word for cotton) County in 1848
when 100 acres were donated for townsite. Today a center for gas
and oil processing, petrochemicals, lumber mills, chicken processing,
and small industries. Birthplace of Tex Ritter and Jim Reeves.
- HERITAGE HALL - Historical exhibits, including antique
dolls, old buggy, Tex Ritter and Jim Reeves memorabilia, displayed
in Texas Tearoom, open Monday thru Friday for lunch featuring
homemade sandwiches, soups, and desserts. In restored historic
bank building on the square.
- PANOLA COUNTY HISTORICAL JAIL MUSEUM -Historical building;
LaGrone Family History Center; genealogical library, history of
law enforcement in east Texas. Open Tues. & Wed. 10 a.. -
3 p.m.; Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. North Shelby Street.
- REEVES MEMORIAL - A life sized statue of Jim Reeves
commemorates the Panola County native who became one of America's
best loved country/Western singers, who died in a plane crash
in 1964. Member of Country Music Hall of Fame; millions of records
to his credit. Memorial is three miles east of downtown on U.S.
- TEX RITTER MUSEUM - Features memorabilia of the legendary
country/Western entertainer who was an early member of the Grand
Old Opry. Open Mon. - Fri. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 300 West Panola.
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