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    POWDERLY, TEXAS

    Lamar County, North Central Texas
    On Kimachi Railroad and US-271
    at the junction of FM-3298
    4.5 Miles S of Arthur City
    9.5 Miles N of Paris
    Population: Est. 185 (2010)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    First known as Lenoir, the community was settled in the late 1850 or early 1860s. In the 1880s, with the arrival of the St. Louis-San Francisco Railroad, it was renamed to honor Terence V. Powderly, a commissioner of immigration in the McKinley administration (although no one knows why). The town acquired a post office in 1888 although it only had an estimated population of 30 two years later.

    It broke the 100 mark in 1914, although that figure was short-lived. It was down to 63 citizens by the early 1930s. It managed to survive the Great Depression as well as the postwar exodus to the cities. It reported 120 people for the 1950 census and 150 by the mid 1960s. It has since increased to the present (2010) estimate of 185.
    Texas National Guard Camp Maxey
    Camp Maxey
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
    TX - Camp Maxey Historical Marker
    Camp Maxey Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
    Powderly TX City Limit
    Powderly City Limit
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
    Lamar County Texas 1920s map
    1920s Lamar County map showing Powderly (N of Paris )
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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