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    CUNEY, TEXAS

    Cherokee County, East Texas
    Highway 175 and Farm Road 855
    10 miles NW of Jacksonville

    22 miles NW of Rusk

    SW of Tyler
    Population: 145 (2000)

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    Settled by freed slaves just after the Civil War, Cuney was once known as Andy, Texas after Andrew Bragg, the first black landowner in the area. But a real community didn't appear until 1902, when the Texas and New Orleans Railroad made the town a flag stop.

    Around 1914 H. L. Price, and local investors formed a company and platted a townsite. They named the town after Price's son, Cuney Price. He had been named after Norris Wright Cuney, a black politician and head of the Texas Republican party.

    A post office was granted in 1917. In 1929, Cuney had 100 people when the highway (U.S.175) was paved. The town's major businesses moved to be near the increased traffic. In the throes of the Great Depression, the population shrank to a mere 25 citizens. Over the years it increased slowly to 170 (1990).

    Cuney incorporated in November 1983.

    Photographer's Note:
    In Cherokee County (just barely) on US 175 about 10 miles NW of Jacksonville
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    Cuney Tx - City Hall

    Cuney City Hall
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010

    Cuney TX

    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010

    Cuney Tx - Al's BBQ Stand

    BBQ Stand
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010

    TX Cuney City Limit Sign

    Cuney City Limit
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2010

    Norris Wright Cuney
    Norris Wright Cuney
    The Indirect Namesake of Cuney, Texas
    Photo courtesy Texas State Library and Archives
    1920s Cherokee County, Texas Map

    1920s Cherokee County, Texas Map showing Cuney as "Andy"
    (Above "C" in "CHEROKEE" near Henderson County line)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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