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AUBREY, TEXAS

Denton County, North Central Texas
FM 428 and Hwy 377
12 Miles NE of Denton
40 Miles N of Dallas

Population: 1,500 (2000)

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Aubrey Texas Downtown
Photo courtesy Mike Price, November 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

The Texas and Pacific Railroad arrived here in 1881 and built a section house. The existing community was known as Ornega, Ornego or Onega, depending on which misspelling was favored. The welcome change was made by drawing suggestions from a hat.

L. N. Edwards, an Alabaman Civil War veteran is regarded as the town founder.

Edwards built the town’s first two-story house in 1867 from lumber that was freighted in from the distant port of Jefferson, Texas.

After a fire in 1887 burned the town’s fledgling business district, the community rebuilt on the opposite side of the railroad tracks. The generous Mr. Edwards donated the new lots and to help the town grow – he and his wife produced 10 children. Giving them property as they married.

The 1920 population had reached 700 and only the boll weevil (followed by the Great Depression) dimmed Aubrey’s bright future. Cotton was eventually replaced by peanuts and today Aubrey has become a horse ranching center.

The 1980 population of 948 increased little with the construction of the Ray Roberts Dam (on the Elm Fork of the Trinity River) in 1986, but it has become a popular weekend attraction. The 1990 population of 1,138 has increased to the present (2000) 1,500.

Aubrey Texas Today

Photos courtesy Mike Price, November 2007
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