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LEADAY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Coleman County, Texas Panhandle/Texas Hill Country
On the O.H. Ivie Reservoir and FM 2134
7 Miles SW of Voss
About 30 Miles SW of Coleman

Population: 55 (1990)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was founded by settler Rich Coffey in 1861. Coffey's ran a saloon and store / post office on the banks of the Colorado River, but his enterprise was lost in a flood. A new community was formed on the opposite side of the river and named Trigger. In the mid-1870s, the townsite was on land belonging to rancher William H. Day. Day used the Coffey house for headquarters for his ranch. After Day's death, his wife Mabel married J. C. Lea and the town name was formed from the two surnames.

Platted in 1904, no population figures are available from the early years, but after WWII it still had 100 people living there. The Leadey cemetery is still shown on the TxDoT Coleman County map.

Leaday was suggested for inclusion by Coleman Countian Rex Stephenson who wrote in March of 2007 to say: "[Leaday] was a small town displaced by Lake Ivie in the early 90's. The only thing left is the Baptist Church which was moved to a hill overlooking the original town site. I grew up there. By the way, some of us refer to the lake as Lake Leaday."
Texas - Coleman County 1940s vintage map
1940s Coleman County Map showing Leaday (near Concho County line, E of Paint Rock, SW of Coleman)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Leaday, Texas
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