Timpson is a city in Shelby County, Texas, United States. The population was 1,155 at the 2010 census. The community is named after T.B Timpson, a railroad engineer.
Water tower near U.S. Route 59 (Future Interstate 69) in Timpson
Location of Timpson, Texas
|Coordinates: 31°54′23″N 94°23′52″W|
Timpson was founded in 1885 upon the arrival of the Houston, East and West Texas Railway. It reached its maximum population in 1925 when it was important in the shipping of lignite.
The town became well known in the 1930s and 40's via the popularity of the Tex Ritter song, 'Tenaha, Timpson, Bobo, and Blair', which refers to the string of towns in Shelby County.
Timpson is located at (31.906280, -94.397859).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²), of which, 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²) of it is land and 0.40% is water.
Timpson is located at the convergence of U.S. Route 59 (Future Interstate 69) and U.S. Route 84.
Like all "railroad" towns Timpson was laid out with the railroad, and not north and south as most towns are. Therefore the streets run at an angle of 43 degrees "off". When the town was incorporated, Charlie Noblet's map was adopted and is now on record at the county seat, and is the official map of the city today.
Public education in the city of Timpson is provided by the Timpson Independent School District and home to the Timpson High School Bears.
Lake Timpson is a reservoir in Shelby County in the state of Texas. The latitude and longitude coordinates for this reservoir are 31.8443, -94.4291 and the altitude is 318 feet (97 m).
Lake Timpson Dam is on Blackwater Creek and is used for recreation purposes. Construction was completed in 1956. It is owned by Shelby Co Freshwater Supply District No 1, located in Timpson, Texas. Lake Timpson Dam is of earthen construction. The core is homogeneous, earth. The foundation is unlisted or unknown. Its height is 30 feet (9.1 m) with a length of 1,480 feet (450 m). Maximum discharge is 12,773 cubic feet (361.7 m3) per second. Its capacity is 60,148 acre feet (74,191,000 m3). Normal storage is 1,881 acre feet (2,320,000 m3).
The most popular game fish at Timpson Reservoir is the largemouth bass. Numbers of bass are relatively high and an excellent fishery exists. Due to the 14-21 inch slot limit, Timpson produces a good number of trophy-sized bass. Crappie and catfish are present in the reservoir, but numbers are relatively low and few anglers target these species. Bluegill and redear sunfish provide fair fishing, especially for youth or inexperienced anglers.