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    RUGBY, TEXAS

    Red River County, East Texas
    US Highway -271 at the intersection of FM-440
    21 Miles SE of Paris
    3 Miles SE of Deport
    About 12 Miles S of Detroit
    3 Miles NW of Bogata
    About 11 Miles N of Hagansport
    Population: Estimated at 24 from the late 1960s through the 2000 Census

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    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, September 2010
    Rugby History in a Pecan Shell

    Settled prior to the Civil War, Rugby has no explanation for its sporting name. Growth was too small to measure at first, but by the time of the 1870 census the town had a store and a single cotton gin. The first church wasn’t built until the early 1890s and the community had no post office until 1900 (it closed seven years later, reopened in 1914 and closed for good in 1929).

    At its peak, Rugby had three gins, a doctor and two stores, but the population never reached 100. The figure of 75 was used from the mid-1920s through the late 1960s when it fell to an estimated 24.
    Rugby TX Road Sign
    Entering Rugbny City Limits
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, September 2010
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    Farming in Rugby
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, September 2010
    Rugby TX - horse
    A Horse in Rugby
    Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, September 2010
    Red River County Texas 1907 Postal Map
    1907 Red River County Postal Map showing Rugby
    (Below "R" in "RED RIVER" near Lamar County line)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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