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    FAIR PLAY, TEXAS

    Panola County, East Texas
    Highway 79, FM 124 and FM 1251
    11 miles W of Carthage

    Population: 80 (2000)

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    The closed Jerusalem Baptist Church in Fair Play
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    John Allison was an ambitious man who is credited with being Fair Play's first citizen. Allison was a storekeeper / blacksmith who also operated a boardinghouse. When Panola County was organized in 1846, John Allison became the first Panola County Judge.

    A post office opened in 1851 and a traveler is said to have been the source of the town's name. He expressed his feelings about the fair dealings he had received and evidently John Allison submitted this praise on the post office application. By 1885, Fair Play had a population of 100 with two schools, two churches, and basic businesses. By 1890 it had declined by half and the post office closed in 1904. Mail was thereafter sent through Beckville.

    The population was reported at 90 during the Great Depression and the school merged with those in Carthage. Although many residents left after WWII, it still reported a population of 80 for the 2000 census.
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    "... At Beckville, take FM 124 and proceed in a southerly direction until you come to the community of Fair Play at the intersection with U.S. 79. Travelers supposedly gave the town its name in gratitude for the way they were treated at John Allison's store, hotel and blacksmith shop in the l850s. One legend tells the story of a young girl, member of a wagon train moving west, who died here and was buried in a local cemetery. Over the years, townspeople have tended to the grave as if it were one of their own. Just down the road from Fair Play is another rural village known as Rake Pocket, which supposedly got its name because merchants often cheated visitors.

    From Fair Play, take U.S. 79 back to Carthage, completing your Sunday Drive." more


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