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AVERY, TEXAS

Red River County, East Texas

3333'13"N 9446'49"W (33.553519, -94.780308)
Highway 82
16 Miles SE of Clarksville
E of Paris
W of Texarkana
Population: 449 Est. (2016)
482 (2010) 462 (2000) 430 (1990)

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Avery Texas Main Street old photo
Avery Main Street
Old photo courtesy Jesse Suttles
History in a Pecan Shell

The town had originally been named Douglass, Texas by officials of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in the 1870s. The T & P was crossing Red River County and there were so few people in the area that nobody objected to the decision. A newspaperman from Clarksville visited the site in 1881 and reported that residents were living in a tent village. Things were about to change. Isaac Bradford opened a store there the following year and in the custom of the day, the store housed the post office. With postal service established, Douglass, Texas became Isaca, Texas. The population, however, was less than 50 residents.

The name only lasted until 1902 when it was changed to honor Ed Avery, the T & P station agent. Avery had a population of 176 by 1900 and cotton was the town's lifeblood. Gins opened and by 1914, Avery had two banks, a weekly paper and a population of 500. At its peak (in the late 1920s) Avery had nearly 800 citizens which declined to a mere 300 during the onset of the Great Depression. In 1940 it had a population of just under 500, and it has remained between 430 and 500 ever since.
Avery Texas downtown
Avery Today
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
Avery TX City Hall
Avery City Hall
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
Avery TX First State Bank
First State Bank
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
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Avery TX - First United Methodist Church
Avery First United Methodist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
Avery TX - First Baptist Church
Avery First Baptist Church
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Avery TX Tomato Festival1
Avery Tomato Festival
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Avery TX Ghost Sign
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
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Avery TX Street  & Water tower
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
Avery TX  Water tower
Avery Water Tower
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
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Avery TX Farmers Market
Avery Farmers' Market
Photo courtesy Jesse Suttles
Avery TX
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, 2010
Red River County Texas 1907 postal map
Red River County 1907 postal map showing Avery
near Bowie County line

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Avery, Texas Nearby Towns:
Clarksville | Paris | Texarkana | Mount Pleasant
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