TexasEscapes.com 
HOME : : NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : TEXAS HOTELS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : BUILDINGS : : IMAGES : : ARCHIVE : : SITE MAP
PEOPLE : : PLACES : : THINGS : : HOTELS : : VACATION PACKAGES
Texas Escapes
Online Magazine
Texas Towns by Region
  • Texas Hill Country
  • Central Texas North
  • Central Texas South
  • South Texas
  • East Texas
  • West Texas
  • Texas Panhandle
  • Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Towns A - Z
    Over 2700 Towns

    Texas Ghost Towns
    Over 700 Ghost Towns

    Book Hotels
  • REILLY SPRINGS, TEXAS
    AKA Reily Springs

    Hopkins County, East Texas
    FM 1567 and FM 2560
    About 9 Miles SE of Sulphur Springs

    Population: 0000044 (2000)

    Reilly Springs, Texas Area Hotels > Sulphur Springs Hotels

    History in a Pecan Shell

    James Reily is the community namesake. Reily saw an opportunity to buy bonus land from Texas War of Independence veterans who wanted to turn their land into cash. He acquired the properties in the early 1840s.

    Being a source of water on a popular trail from Shreveport, a campground gradually developed into a permanent settlement. After the Civil War, the residents built a brick kiln which in turn allowed for other buildings.

    The community was given a post office in 1871 but the name was misspelled (as Reilly) by authorities hence the two spellings of the name.

    The population in 1885 reached 200 with most essential business in place.

    The community peaked at 300 residents in the 1920s but the Great Depression dealt the town a severe blow, reducing it to a mere 60 people by the end of the 1930s.

    Reilly Springs was a voting precinct after WWII and kept at least one store. Postwar progress lured others away and by the early 50s there were just 40 residents left.

    The store and school closed although the school became a community center. Forty-four people called it home for the 1990 census and that same number was used for the year 2000.

    Seymore TX - Lonnie and Lola Crabb Home 1950
    "The Crabb home place just east of Seymore on Reilly Springs Road. East of Hwy 154. The road led to Reilly Springs."
    1950 Photo courtesy Mary Ellen Ledford
    1882 Texas map - Lamar, Delta hopkins Red River, Franklin Titus and Camp Counties
    1882 Map showing "Reily Springs"
    in Hopkins County near Wood County line
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Texas 1940s Hopkins County Map
    1940s Hopkins County Map showing "Reilly Springs"
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic/contemporary photos, please contact us.

    Related Topics:

    Texas Town List | Texas Ghost Towns | Texas | Texas Hotels

    Reilly Springs, Texas
    Area Destinations:

    Sulphur Springs
    Book Hotel Here:
    Sulphur Springs Hotels
    More Hotels
    More Texas Towns & Hotels:
    East Texas
    Texas Town List
    Texas Ghost Towns
    Texas
    Texas Hotels
    Custom Search
    Book Hotel Here - Expedia Affiliate Network

    CITY SEARCH


    Sulphur Springs Hotels
    Find Hotel Deals in Sulphur Springs
    Book Today
    TEXAS ESCAPES CONTENTS
    HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | HOTELS | SEARCH SITE
    TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES

    Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
    TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | FORTS | MAPS

    Texas Attractions
    TEXAS FEATURES
    People | Ghosts | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Texas Centennial | Black History | Art | Music | Animals | Books | Food
    COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

    TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
    Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Rooms with a Past | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Stores | Banks | Drive-by Architecture | Signs | Ghost Signs | Old Neon | Murals | Then & Now
    Vintage Photos

    TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | USA | MEXICO

    Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
    Website Content Copyright 1998-2011. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved