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NEWPORT, TEXAS

Clay County, North Central Texas
FM 1288
24 miles SE of Henrietta
Population: 70 (est 1990)

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Newport Texas rock building
TE photo, June 2004

Newport History in a Pecan Shell

First known as Bear Hill, the town was established in the early 1870s by a man named L. Hancock. In the late 1870s, when the time came for a post office, leading townspeople submitted an anagram of the first letters of their surnames. (Evidently Mr. Hancock wasn't included.) The post office was granted 1878.

Newport had 176 residents by 1900 which increased to 280 by the mid-1920s. The town maintained the same population through the Great Depression but by the 1950s, the town had declined to 85. The estimated population of 70 has been in use since the 1960s.

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Newport TX Church
Photo courtesy Mike Price, September 2009
Newport TX Church
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Newport TX Church detail
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Newport TX Church
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Newport TX Church
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