in a Pecan ShellFirst
called La Grange in the early 1830s, the community made an attempt to become
the county seat in the later part of that decade. The loss of the election and
the proximity to Clarksville
made growth an impossibility.
A store opened in La Grange In the early
1870s with Thomas J. Dozier as storekeeper. Since there was already a more established
town named La Grange, Doxier had
to submit another name to obtain a post office. He chose Madras (no explaination
given) and the post office opened in 1887.
The first population was given
as 100 in 1910, declining to 54 for the 1920 Census. In 1925 the post office was
cancelled and mail was routed through Clarksville.
1940 Census showed 40 residents with two businesses to serve them. Today it is
known as a “dispersed community” with no visible center – other than the cemetery
and a community building.
See 1907 Red
River County Postal map
Bois d'Arc grows in Red River County|
Photo courtesy Gerald
Massey, August 2010
1907 Red River County Texas Postal Map showing Madras|
in "R-E-D R-I-V-E-R")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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