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Rusk is a city in Cherokee County, Texas, United States. The population was 5,551 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Cherokee County.HistoryThe town was established by an act of the Texas legislature on April 11, 1846. It was named after Thomas Jefferson Rusk, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence. By 1850, Rusk reportedly had 355 residents. A post office was authorized on March 8, 1847.The city of Rusk is no longer dry; a beer and wine local option election passed on May 9, 2009.GeographyRusk is located near the center of Cherokee County at. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 18.8km2, of which 0.07km2, or 0.37%, is water.Rusk is crossed by U.S. Routes 69 and 84. US 69 leads northwest to Jacksonville, the largest city in Cherokee County, and southeast to Lufkin, while US 84 leads east to Mount Enterprise and west the same distance to Palestine. Rusk is about north of Houston, southeast of Dallas, and south of Tyler.
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