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MADRAS, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Red River County, East Texas
FM 1700 where it intersects with CR 3205
About 5 Miles N of Clarksville
About 6 Miles NW of Annona
About 23 Miles NW of De Kalb
45 Miles E of Paris
1907 Red River County Postal Map

Population: 00061 (2000)

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Madras TX - Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Shiloh Cumberland Presbyterian Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
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History in a Pecan Shell

First called La Grange in the early 1830s, the community made an attempt to become the county seat in the later part of that decade. The loss of the election and the proximity to Clarksville made growth an impossibility.

A store opened in La Grange In the early 1870s with Thomas J. Dozier as storekeeper. Since there was already a more established town named La Grange, Doxier had to submit another name to obtain a post office. He chose Madras (no explaination given) and the post office opened in 1887.

The first population was given as 100 in 1910, declining to 54 for the 1920 Census. In 1925 the post office was cancelled and mail was routed through Clarksville.

The 1940 Census showed 40 residents with two businesses to serve them. Today it is known as a “dispersed community” with no visible center – other than the cemetery and a community building.

See 1907 Red River County Postal map
Madras TX Community Center
Madras Community Center
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Madras TX - Bois d'Arc Tree
Bois d'Arc grows in Red River County
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Madras TX - Farm Equipment
Antique Farm Equipment
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Madras TX - Hay On Trailer
Hauling Hay in Madras
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, August 2010
Red River County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Red River County Texas Postal Map showing Madras
(Above "R-I" in "R-E-D R-I-V-E-R")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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