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    PURDON, TEXAS

    Navarro County, North Central Texas
    FM 55
    3 Miles S of State Highway 31
    About 14 Miles SW of Corsicana
    Population: 00133 (2000)

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    Purdon Tx Road Sign
    2 miles to Purdon
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Capt. J. A. Harrison is regarded as being the first settler here and is credited with donating land for a church and school. Dates are scarce on the early history, but it was first known as Belle Point.

    It wasn’t until 1882 that the railroad arrived. In this case it was the St. Louis Southwestern Railway, also known by its famous nickname “The Cotton Belt Line.” A post office was granted in 1881.

    When lots were platted, the naming rights of the new community went to a railroad official who at that time was enamored of a store cashier named Ada Purdom. The incorrect spelling of her name was made permanent, and history doesn’t record whether or not “the railroad man” made any headway by his beau geste.

    The first school shared space with the first church – both housed in what was described as “an old seed house.” They town didn’t grow as fast as others with a railroad connection, and by 1896 it had only eighty residents.

    It peaked in 1914 with around 400 residents but the “triple whammy” of the Great Depression, WWII and postwar prosperity reduced the population to just 200 by the late 1950s.

    The figure of 133 has been used from the late 1970s through the 2000 census.-
    Purdon Tx store
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010
    Purdon Tx Baptist Church
    Purdon Baptist Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010
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    Church Bell
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010
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