History in a Pecan ShellDunlay
may hold the record for “aliases” with no fewer than six alternate names. From
the original name of Enterprise, it was also known as Enterprise Station,
Interprise, Harper, Summit, Baldwin and Murray.
In the early 1880s, the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad arrived.
In 1890 a post office was granted. Two years later the town had a population of
forty with a cotton gin, general store and a saloon for entertainment. Dunlay’s
final change of name occurred in 1895 when town and post office were named after
Jerry Dunlay, a train conductor.
Dunlay broke through the 100 resident
ceiling in 1914 although it wasn’t until the mid 1960s when it reached 150. The
post office closed in the mid 1970s and the population started drifting back toward
From looking at maps I would guess
the old road from Castroville
to Hondo went through this place as it's
a several roads crossings as well as the Railroad. - William
Medina County map showing Dunlay (E of Hondo)|
Texas General Land Office
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