Lamar County, North
Highway 271 on the Red River County Line
SE of Paris
in a Pecan ShellCol.
Dee Thompson is credited with founding the town in the late 1800s. A post office
was granted in 1883 and seven years later the community had 350 residents.
the mid 1890s Deport could boast a population of 600 which included five doctors
– an impressive number for the times. The economy was based on cotton
1911 Paris and Mt.
Pleasant were connected by a railroad and Deport prospered accordingly. Three
years later the population was 1,200 – the town’s high-water mark.
1929 a disasterous fire destroyed much of the town’s business section. That and
the effects of the Great Depression shrank the population to just over 800. The
town managed to get through the next 20 years without incident or disaster, but
in the mid 1950s, the railroad was discontinued. In the 1980s the population was
722, increasing to 746 in the early 1980s. The 2000 census reported 718 residents.
as documented by two photographers:
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