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MILFORD, TEXAS

Ellis County, North Central Texas

Highway 77
1 mile off I-35
20 miles S of Waxahachie
50 miles S of Dallas
14 miles NE of Hillsboro
Population: 738 (2010) 685 (2000) 711 (1990)

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St. James AME Church in Milford Texas
St James A.M.E. Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005

History in a Pecan Shell

Cheap land prices (.50 an acre) in the 1850s attracted an influx of settlers who migrated from Cherokee County.

In 1854, a townsite was set up on high ground and named Milford.

William R. Hudson, the town's developer had read about a thriving town in Massachusetts and named the community after it. Hudson's combined residence and general store, was built; Hudson built a store/residence/post office.

In 1892 Milford's population reached 800. It was home to a community-financed school called the Milford Academy and the other with the seemingly fictitious name of Mollie Poe's Private Lone Star Institute.

A two-story building serving multiple community functions was burned during the Civil War. The Dallas and Waco Railway reached Milford when they had a population of just 150 and in the 20th Century, Milford became a stop on the Waco - Dallas Interurban (1926).

In 1902 a Presbyterian College for women opened although it closed in 1929 - an early victim to the Great Depression.

The population peaked at 1,200 in 1929 - falling to just 717 in 1931. It reached rock-bottom in 1968 when only 490 Milfordians called the town home.

Main Street Milford, Texas Circa 1908
Photo/postcard courtesy of Bill Parrish, Meadow Vista, CA.

Milford Texas icehouse and Dr. Pepper sign
Hanging out at the icehouse, Milford, Texas
Note Dr. Pepper sign
Milford Texas downtown sidewalk and pedestrians, 1900s
Pedestrians, sidewalk, and dentist office
Milford Texas corner drug store and church, early 1900s
Corner drug store and church
Milford Texas main street, 1908 vintage photo
The entire postcard showing main street Milford

Milford, Texas
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