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FULBRIGHT, TEXAS

Red River County, East Texas

FM 411
About 8 Miles S of Detroit
About 6 Miles NW of Bogata
About 20 Miles SE of Paris
About 1,110 Miles NE of Miami, Florida
Population: 150 (estimate 2000)

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Fulbright TX Community Center
Fulbright Community Center
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Photographer's Note:
"Fulbright is a very nice little village very easy to get to and with the old bank building there seems to have a good history. There are now two churches, quite a number of residences and what looks like an old cotton gin with a satellite dish." - Gerald Massey


History in a Pecan Shell

First known by the bucolic name of Possum Trot, the town's first structure was a store built in the 1870s. Settlement had been decades earlier. A cotton gin was next.

Possum Trot didn't sound dignified enough when a post office application was filed, so the name was changed in 1882 to honor local judge David Fulbright.

In the mid 1880s the town had a mere 25 people although there were three churches.

The 1890 population rose to 200 and by 1914 it had 500 residents. Progress shone on the forward-moving town as evidenced by its own bank. The Great Depression hit the town like an earthquake, cutting the population by half and closing the bank. From a population of 500 it fell to less than 250 in 1931, regained part of that by 1933 (300) and remained there for decades. In the early 1970s it had been reduced to 200 and the estimate of the 2000 census reported 150.
Fulbright TX
Approaching the bank
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Fulbright TX Bank
Fulbright bank building
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Fulbright TX Bank sign
"Guarantee State Bank"
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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Fulbright TX Church of Christ
Fulbright Church of Christ
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Fulbright TX First Baptist Church
Fulbright First Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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Fulbright TX Old gin
The old gin
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Fulbright TX Old gin
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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Fulbright TX  Road sign
Fulbright City Limit
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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Red River County Texas 1907 Postal.
1907 Red River County Postal map showing English
(Western Red River County near Lamar County line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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