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CORYELL CITY, TEXAS

Coryell County, North Central Texas
FM 929
10 Miles NE of Gatesville
14 miles W of Crawford
30 miles W of Waco
Population 125 (estimate given since the late 60s)

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Canaan Church near Coryell City Texas
Canaan Church near Coryell City
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2004
History in a Pecan Shell

In the mid 1850s, the community was once known as Rainey's Creek. A post office using that name opened in 1857. Just before the Civil War, a few hundred people (about 70 families) lived in the community which became Coryell in the early 1870s.

By the 1880s Coryell had two gins, a school and church, but the population remained about the same. It reached its high-water mark of 406 in 1939 but fell to just 150 by 1943. The post office closed in 1958 and from the late 60s through 1990, the population was given as 125.

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