NAME: Starrville
COUNTY: Smith County
CLIMATE: Hot Summer
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Spring and Fall
COMMENTS: Starrville is located at the intersection of Farm to Market Roads 757 and 16.
REMAINS: Church, city well, cotton gin, and cemetery
Starrville was founded in 1853 on the Dallas-Sheveport Road and was first called Gum Springs. The community had a post office 1857 to 1907. Starrville had several schools: A Medthodist Female High School; a Masonic Male College; Baptist, Anna Judson Felmale School; Starrville Union Academy; Male and Felmale Academy, and Smith County School District # 58 that consolated with Winona School. The community businesses included a hotel, gristmills, sawmills, foundries, wagon makers, a dentist, a doctor, and was on the stage line from Starrville to Tyler. By 1870's the community had began to decline, when the Cotton Belt Railroad built through the Winona community. Submitted by: Glenn Howard