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MARKLEY, TEXAS

Young County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
State Highway 16 and FM 1769
19 Miles NE of Graham
About 40 Miles S of Wichita Falls

Population: 0050 (2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally called Plum Grove with its founding in 1888, it briefly went by the name of Manlee when it was granted a post office that year. History has forgotten the source of the name, but when General A. C. Markley moved to Young County a few years later, they didnít hesitate to honor the man.

The community enjoyed a quiet existence until the 1920s when oil was discovered. The population rose so quickly that no one bothered to get an accurate count of residents. The boom didnít last long and for the 1940 census only fifty people were determined to be full-time citizens. The post office closed sometime after 1940 and the community had only 31 residents in 1980. It remained at that level for the 1990 census but grew to fifty for the count in 2000.
Markley Tx Closed Church
Closed Church
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Markley Tx Closed Church interior
Closed Church interior
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Markley Tx Plum Grove Church marker
Plum Grove Baptist Churh marker
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Markley Tx Plum Grove Church
Markley Plum Grove Church
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Markley Tx School marker
Markley School marker
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Markley Tx closed gas station
Closed gas station
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TX Markley Cemetery
Markley Cemetery
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Markley road sign
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