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APPLEBY, TEXAS

Nacogdoches County, East Texas
Highway 59, FM 941 and FM 2609
7 Miles NE of Nacogdoches
Population: 474(2010), 444(2000)

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Appleby TX Sign
Appleby City Limit - POP. 474
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2013

History in a Pecan Shell

Originally the site of a Caddo Indian village, settlers began arriving in the 1820s. The widely spaced homestead did form into a community with the arrival of the Houston, East and West Texas Railroad in the early 1880s.

Rather than local landowners, the railroad itself platted the town and named it to honor a former auditor of the railway company. By the mid 1880s the population was 100 and by the end of that decade the town had been granted a post office. During World War I the town reached its population zenith with almost 1,000 residents.

But by the mid-1920s the population was reduced by half due to the proximity of Nacogdoches. A tornado did damage to the town in 1942 and the population declined to a mere 250 by the early 1950s. Businesses closed with the decrease in patrons and the post office closed. By the mid-1960s all stores had shut their doors. In the early 1980s Appleby was saved by retirees and commuters from nearby Nacogdoches. The 1990 census reported 449 residents and 490 by 2010.
Appleby TX water tower
Appleby Water Tower
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, March 2013
Nacogdoches County TX - 1907 Postal Map
Nacogdoches County 1907 postal map showing Appleby
((Above "OC" in "NACOGDOCHES") NE of Nacogdoches

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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