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Onalaska, Texas, located on a peninsula extending into Lake Livingston, 13 miles west of Livingston and 28 miles east of Huntsville on US Highway 190, is nestled in a very picturesque setting surrounded by Lake Livingston and the Piney Woods. Lake Livingston, constructed by the city of Houston in 1969, is the second largest lake in Texas. Houston is just a little more than an hour South of Onalaska.

The Onalaska area, because of its location at the heart of Lake Livingston, has become a popular vacation and recreation area and a great retirement community. Despite its growth, Onalaska still retains a small-town quality with a country atmosphere. The Onalaska area has various types of accommodations, including motels, RV parks, camping, and with our mild winter climate, all cater to Winter Texans.

First settled in 1840, Onalaska was a farming area until the 1904 arrival of the Carlisle Lumber Company sawmill - the largest sawmill in Texas. When William Carlisle brought the sawmill to this area, he named the town he created, Onalaska. Carlisle also named the towns of Onalaska, Wisconsin and Onalaska, Washington.

Onalaska became an instant boom town and was larger than the county seat of Livingston. The new town boasted two hotels, a movie theater, a hospital, a large downtown with many stores, and a railroad depot. The depletion of local timber led to the mill's closure in 1928. The loggers moved on and Onalaska shrank to a population of only eighty. The boom began again with the arrival of Lake Livingston in 1969.
 
ONALASKA CITY HALL
372 South FM 356
P.O. Box 880
Onalaska, Texas 77360

  (936)-646-5376
  (936) 646-2833 (fax)

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ONALASKA MARKET DAYS
March 24, 25, and 26
10:00am to 5:00pm
ONALASKA EASTER PARADE & EGG HUNT
Saturday, April 15
10:00am to Noon
Parade begins at Onalaska Fire Dept. and ends at Bonner Park
ONALASKA ANNUAL SPRING CLEAN-UP
Saturday, April 22
8:00am -Noon
Onalaska Sub-Courthouse
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