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    DEPORT, TEXAS

    Lamar County, North Central Texas
    Highway 271 on the Red River County Line
    18 Miles SE of Paris
    Population: 718 (2000)

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    Deport TX  tin man water tower
    Deport's Tin Man
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
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    Deport History in a Pecan Shell

    Col. Dee Thompson is credited with founding the town in the late 1800s. A post office was granted in 1883 and seven years later the community had 350 residents.

    By the mid 1890s Deport could boast a population of 600 which included five doctors – an impressive number for the times. The economy was based on cotton and corn.

    In 1911 Paris and Mt. Pleasant were connected by a railroad and Deport prospered accordingly. Three years later the population was 1,200 – the town’s high-water mark.

    In 1929 a disasterous fire destroyed much of the town’s business section. That and the effects of the Great Depression shrank the population to just over 800. The town managed to get through the next 20 years without incident or disaster, but in the mid 1950s, the railroad was discontinued. In the 1980s the population was 722, increasing to 746 in the early 1980s. The 2000 census reported 718 residents.

    Deport Landmarks

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    Deport TX Street Scene
    Downtown Deport
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
    Deport TX downtown building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
    Deport Texas - Deport Times
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
    Deport Texas - Deport Times
    The Deport Times
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    Deport TX downtown
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
    Deport Tx - Downtown Department Store
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    Darden-Sparts Department Store
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
    Deport TX Calaboose
    Calaboose
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
    Deport TX  Cotton Gin
    Cotton Gin
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
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    Deport TX  Cotton Gin
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
    Deport TX cemetery
    Deport Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
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    Deport Welding & Blacksmith
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
    Deport Texas city limit sign
    Deport Texas City Limit
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010
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    Texas highway sign - Which Way To Deport
    Which way to Deport?
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2010

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