Circle H Hunting Club located in Votaw, Texas in Hardin County. Leased and operated by
Jeff Denman. Family managed since 1969. East Texas hunting for whitetail deer & wild hog.
VOTAW, TEXAS (Hardin County). Votaw is at the intersection of Farm roads 787 and 2798, fifty miles
northwest of Beaumont in extreme northwestern Hardin County. When the Gulf, Colorado and Santa
Fe Railway began construction on a line from Cleveland to Silsbee, the heavily wooded area of
northern Hardin County was opened up for intensive lumbering. The little community that grew up
around one new sawmill was named for Clark M. Votaw, assistant land commissioner of the Kirby
Lumber Company and vice president of the Santa Fe Townsite Company, which laid out the town
lots. A post office was established there in 1901; the town lots appear in tax records the following
year. Votaw’s population has remained between 100 and 200 since 1925. The timber around the
community supported the area’s early residents; as late as 1947 a logging camp and planing mill
operated nearby, and the town shipped pulpwood, logs, poles, and railroad ties. Votaw has since
become a center for local agriculture. Nearby deposits of oil, discovered in 1958, continued to
produce in 1984, further supplementing the local economy. In 1990 the population was 160.
BIBLIOGRAPHY: Mary Lou Proctor, A History of Hardin County (M.A. thesis, University of Texas,
1950). Fred I. Massengill, Texas Towns: Origin of Name and Location of Each of the 2,148 Post
Offices in Texas (Terrell, Texas, 1936).