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EMORY, TEXAS

Rains County Seat, East Texas
US 69 and Hwy 19
59 miles E of Dallas
23 miles NW of Mineola
28 miles SE of Greenville
21 miles SW of Sulphur Springs
Population 1,021 (2000)

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Emory TX - Rains County Courthouse Rededication Signatures
Rains County Courthouse | Courthouse Rededication, October 17, 2009
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson

Emory History in a Pecan Shell

Originally known as Springville, it was changed to honor early settler Emory Rains, when Rains County was organized in 1870. Emory became the county seat and the first courthouse was a log building. A second courthouse was built (1872) but soon burned (1879). A third (brick) courthouse, constructed in 1884, burned in 1890.

See Rains County Courthouse

The Denison and Southeastern Railway arrived about 1880, establishing Emory as a shipping point for lumber. In 1885 the town's population was 600.

By the end of 1929 the population reached 1,000 but two years later it had declined to 750, and by 1936 it had dwindled further to 447.

After the construction of Lake Tawakoni in the late 1950s, a number of retirees began settling in the area boosting the population back to the 1929 population of 1,000.

A Visit to Emory

The Courthouse Square, Emory City Cemetery and Emory Rains:
Emory TX - First National Bank
The First National Bank on the south side of the square.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2009
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Emory TX City Hall on N Texas St
Buildings along N. Texas St. (TX-19) across from the courthouse.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2009
"Hall's Pharmacy on N. Texas St. The red doors are the entrance to the local newspaper, the Rains County Leader." - Terry Jeanson
Emory TX Arrington Building
"The Arrington Building on the north side of the square. Businesses failed to develop on the north side of the courthouse square due to the lack of a north side entrance on the courthouse." - Terry Jeanson, October 2009
Emory TX - Emory Baptist Church

Emory Baptist Church, northeast of the courthouse square.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2009
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Old gas station, southeast of the courthouse square.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2009
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Emory Rains Grave Marker

(May 2, 1800 - Aug. 11, 1878)
Texas pioneer Emory Rains served as an alcalde under Mexican rule and as a counselor in the East Texas Regulator-Moderator War of the 1840s. As a senator in the Republic of Texas Congress, he helped pass the Homestead Act. Rains also served in the 1845 Constitutional Convention and in the State Legislature, where he worked for the formation of this county, which was named in his honor. The Rains County Seat, Emory, was also named for him.
Gravesite of county and county seat namesake Emory Rains at the Emory City Cemetery. - Terry Jeanson, October 2009
Historical marker at Emory Rains' gravesite.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2009
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Emory Texas Old News:
News Bits by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" column)
... Those whirling funnels of high wind Texans keep an eye out for each spring used to be known as cyclones, not tornadoes.

Whatever they are called, they are capable not only of wreaking terrible destruction, but doing things than can only be called weird. Take, for example, what happened to John Zimmerman’s mule.

A farmer who lived near Emory, in Rains County, told the Rains County Leader that a cycle had hit his place, picking up one of his mules and carrying it whirling through the air for a hundred yards.

After the tornado set the animal down, the May 30, 1913 article continued, it “stood bewildered for a few minutes, then ran to a wooden pasture nearby, braying loudly. Since then the animal has not been seen.”
Emory water tower. "On the day of my visit, the entire town was without water for several hours." - Terry Jeanson, October 2009. More Texas Water Towers
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