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    CUNNINGHAM, TEXAS

    Lamar County, North Central Texas
    FM 196 near the North Sulphur River
    About 20 Miles SE of Paris
    Population: 110 (2000)

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    Cunningham TX Old Store
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Named for early settler and landowner Sam Cunningham, who was responsible for luring other citizens, the first event worth mentioning was the establishment of a post office in 1912.

    The first population figures are from 1915 when 350 people called Cunningham home. The town had its own doctor, three general stores as well as a saw mill and a newspaper. The community had two churches at that time.

    The Great Depression hit the town hard and by the 1940s it had decreased to just 200. Cunningham had added an addition church by the 1980s, even as the businesses and population declined. The community showed 110 people for the 1990 census and eremained the same for the 2000 count.

    Cunningham Tx Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Cunningham Tx Baptist Church
    Cunningham Baptist Church
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    A Closed Store
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    Cunningham TX Old sturcture
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    Lamar County Texas 1920s map
    1920s Lamar County map showing Cunningham
    (Below "R" in "LAMAR", near Delta County line)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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