CROCKETT, Texas An East Texas county that bills itself as the oldest in Texas has plans for a big 175th anniversary party.

The celebrations Tuesday in Houston County include activities in Crockett, about 110 miles north of Houston.

Organizers say a silhouette of the late local historian Eliza Bishop will be unveiled by artist Michael Brenner.

About 2,500 cupcakes in the shape of Houston County will be handed out during formal ceremonies Tuesday night.

The county, with a population of nearly 24,000 was named for Gen. Sam Houston and created by act of the Republic of Texas June 12, 1837.
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