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PRIDDY, TEXAS

Mills County, Hill Country / North Central Texas
State Highway 16 and FM 218
17 miles S of Comanche
16 miles N of Goldthwaite
23 miles W of Hamilton
30 miles E of Brownwood

Population est. 265

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Priddy Texas Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2004

Priddy

by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" Column)

Born on July 29, 1833 in Mississippi, [Thomas Jefferson] Priddy and his family eventually settled in Brown County. In 1886, the Priddys moved to northeastern Mills County, which had been cut from Brown County. Soon a little community grew near their farm. When it came time to petition Washington for a post office, the new town adopted his name and on March 31, 1891, the federal government approved Priddy as Priddy's first postmaster.

Four years later, the Priddy Post Office was discontinued, with its records moved to Indian Gap in Hamilton County. In 1899, the government re-established the Priddy post office and it's been in service ever since.

Priddy never boomed, but it's held its own over the years. It reached its peak population in 1980, stayed the same in 1990, and dropped slightly in 2000. For years it had a school, cotton gin, general store and a bank. Today Priddy's down to a school, a feed store, an auto shop and a general store... more
Priddy Texas School Priddy School
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Priddy Texas Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church The Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church
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Priddy Texas stand pipe Stand pipe in Priddy
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Priddy Texas Post OfficePriddy Post Office 76870
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Priddy Texas welcome sign



Priddy's "Welcome" sign
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Priddy Texas church cornerstone The church's cornerstone 1889
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