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MAYPEARL, TEXAS

Ellis County, North Central Texas

FM 66
40 miles S of Dallas via I-35E
46 miles S of Fort Worth via I-35W
10 miles W of Waxahachie
Population: 982 (2010) 781 (1990)

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TX Maypearl School 1920
Maypearl School 1920
Courtesy Robert N. Hudspeth

History in a Pecan Shell

Maypearl got it's name the same way as Penelope in Hill County. When the International-Great Northern Railroad came through, (1902) Penelope was named after the Railroad President's daughter and when it reached Eyrie, in 1903, the town was renamed in honor of two other railroad official's daughters.

Further north, Venus was on the railroad's route, but was named after a local girl.

Maypearl was incorporated in 1910 and its history is not unlike its neighbors. All enjoyed prosperity immediately after World War I and all lost people to the draw of larger cities during the Great Depression.

Maypearl's population, however, remained somewhat constant through the depression. In fact the population was virtually unchanged from 1925 to the mid-60s with 350 to 400 people. People from Maypearl call themselves Maypearlians.

Maypearl has suffered several fires and vacant storefronts where the buildings once stood are filled in to conceal the gaping spaces.

Maypearl watertower & Dr Pepper sign
Maypearl
TE Photo, 2001
Shell as architectural ornament
A shell for Maypearl
TE Photo, 2001
Maypearl water tower
The Maypearl Watertower
TE Photo, 2001

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Maypearl, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Maypearl photo
    Your website asks for photos of Maypearl, so here is one of the high school ca. 1920, from which my mother graduated that same year. - Best, Robert N. Hudspeth

  • Subject: Maypearl, Texas
    Dear TE, My aunt Maypearl Branam was named for Maypearl TX, where she was born in the early 1900's. She went by Pearl, and her siblings, my father and other aunt, were subsequently named Earl and Mearl to rhyme. - J.P. Branam, Grand Prairie, Texas, November 02, 2006

  • Subject: Maypearlians
    You said you didn't know what people of Maypearl called them says but your guess was Maypearlers. Well we call ourselves Maypearlians. - Niki Larson of Maypearl, January 12, 2006

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