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JOLLY, TEXAS

Clay County, North Central Texas
Highways 287 and 240 and Farm Road 2393
10 miles E of Wichita Falls
10 miles NW of Henrietta

Population: 188 (2000)

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Dustdevil in Jolly Texas
A Jolly dustdevil on July 15, 2006
Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine
History in a Pecan Shell

The Fort Worth and Denver City Railway established Jolly as a shipping point in 1890 and a post office was opened the following year. Rancher/ farner William H. Jolly is the town's namesake. By 1895 Jolly had a population of 75 served by six businesses. The population remained constant (63) from the mid-20s through the mid 60s. By the late 1970s the town swelled to a population of 75 - perhaps because of nearby Lake Arrowhead State Recreation Area. It has since grown to the present population of 188.
Old house in ruins near Jolly Texas
An old house in ruins near Jolly, Texas
Photo courtesy Vicki Cheatwood, Garland, Texas, January 15, 2007
An old house in ruins near Jolly, Texas
"I'm a frequent traveler of 287 between Decatur and Wichita Falls, and over many years have been captivated by the ruins of an old farm or ranch house. It's located on a rise, on the south side of the highway, between Wichita Falls and Jolly. I'd appreciate any information that you or your readers might have have about the history of the old place. Thanks very much." - Vicki Cheatwood, Garland, Texas, January 15, 2007

Editor: See “Witch’s Gate”
In Cold Blood: Clay County, Texas 1975
A needless killing for a fortune that wasn’t there.

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