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LEARY, TEXAS

Bowie County, East Texas
US-82, Just S of I-30
8 Miles W of Texarkana
Population: 555 (2000)

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Leary TX - City Limit
Leary City Limit
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Daniel T. Leary, early settler, was the community’s namesake. A post office opened in 1894. The population was 75 in 1914 and by the mid 1920s it had declined to just 25 residents.

As mentioned in the histories of neighboring towns, Leary prospered after the two military installations were built. The population increased to 100 by 1945, still modest, but secure. By the mid 1950s, it had reached new heights, at 350 residents.

In 1982 the population was reported at 253 which has since grown to 555 for the 2000 census.

Photographer's Note:
"Here is the town of Leary, located on highway US-82, in Bowie County about 8-miles west of Texarkana.

It should be noted that all these towns, Leary, Victory City, Hooks
(all located on highway US-82) and even Red Springs and Redwater to the south are all at the very large military facility of “Red River Army Depot.” Some of the pics at these towns are of parts to this facility." - Gerald Massey, June 2010

Leary TX - First Baptist Church
Leary First Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
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Bowie County Texas 1940s map
1940s Bowie County map showing Leary
(Above "E" in "B-O-W-I-E")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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