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    BAILEY, TEXAS

    Fannin County, North Central Texas
    Highway 11 and Highway 78
    11 Miles S of Bonham

    N of Greenville
    Population : 213 (2000)

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    First   Baptist Church of Bailey, Texas
    First Baptist Church of Bailey
    Photo courtesy Mike Price, September 2007
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Bailey dates from the 1850s, when the slightly rolling but extremely rich soil attracted cotton and corn farmers.

    Unlike most towns in Texas that were named to honor an individual person or took the name of the first settler, this town had a rivalry between two physicians. Doctor A. J. Ray and Doctor Josiah S. Bailey both wanted the town named after them, but before it came to bloodshed, the St. Louis Southwestern Railway settled the matter by taking the right-of-way offered by Bailey (in 1885). The town was granted a post office in 1887. Bailey had a population of 300 by 1900 along with most essential businesses and an early “picture show.”

    Bailey reached its high-water mark in the mid 1920s with 350 people.

    The population declined during the Depression and WWII and by the mid-1950s it was down to just under 200. Bailey remains agricultural although cotton and corn have long since given way to cattle raising and small grain cultivation.

    Bailey had 220 residents in the late 1980s which has since declined to the present 213.
    First   Baptist Church of Bailey marker, Texas
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