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Forest, Texas
Forest, Texas is located in Texas
Forest, Texas
Forest, Texas
Location in Texas
Forest, Texas is located in the United States
Forest, Texas
Forest, Texas
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Texas
County Cherokee
296 ft (90 m)
Time zone UTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-5 (CDT)

Forest is a community located in southeastern Cherokee County Texas, United States. It has an elevation of 292 feet (89 m) above sea level.


In 1847, Wiley Thompson (1799–1866), an Alabama farmer, brought his wife, eight children, and numerous slaves, and settled a 636-acre (257 ha) tract of land along Larrison Creek. This land became the community of Forest. By the mid 1870s, the Thompson family had opened the first businesses, consisting of a store, saloon, watermill, gristmill, and cotton gin. The first postmaster of Forest was appointed in 1879. The Forest Baptist Church was established in 1888. During the 1920s and 1930s the Forest area produced tomatoes, and two tomato packing sheds were built beside the St. Louis Southwestern Railway of Texas.

The post office was transferred to Wells in 1980. As of 2010, Forest is mostly a cattle community, and its only store is in and out of business.

Forest has two cemeteries, Arnold Cemetery and Thompson Cemetery.


Forest's population was reported as around 100 in the early twentieth century. In the 1950s, the population rose to its peak of 120. By 2000, it had dropped to 85.


Forest School was established in 1888 in the Forest Baptist Church, and later occupied a separate building on a lot donated by J. S. Derrough, Jeff Latham, and Hugh Henry. In 1922, Forest School consolidated with the Wildhurst School from the Chronister Lumber Company Camp, and a new building was built on the old Jim Hogg Highway north of the Baptist Church in Forest. The new building housed the elementary and three unaccredited high school grades. Forest School consolidated with Wells ISD in 1949.

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