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GRAYS PRAIRIE, TEXAS

Kaufman County, North Central Texas
FM 1388 and FM 148
3 miles S of Kaufman
Population : 300 (1990)

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Cottonwood Baptist Church near Gray's Prairie, Texas
Cottonwood Baptist Church near Gray's Prairie
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

Named for a family of settlers named Gray, who arrived in the late 1850s, the community had been settled some years before near Peede. The family patriarch, Nicholas H. Gray had received a 640 acre land grant.

Always a small town of farmers, there were less than 100 people living there in 1900. It dropped to only 20 during the Great Depression. It rebounded somewhat to 75 citizens in the 1960s and has since increased to just over 300 in 1990.
Man repairing Cottonwood  Baptist Church steeple, Gray's Prairie, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2006
Cottonwood  Baptist Church steeple, Gray's Prairie, Texas
Church steeple
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, January 2006
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