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MERIT, TEXAS

Hunt County, Central Texas North

33 13' 0" N, 96 17' 15" W (33.216667, -96.2875)

FM 36
15 Miles NW of Greenville the county seat
6 Miles NE of Farmersville
21 Miles NE of McKinney
ZIP code 75458
Population: 215 (2000)

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Merit TX Church
A Chuch in Merit
Photo courtesy Mike Price, August 2009
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History in a Pecan Shell

Named in honor of a judge named Merritt, the name was shortened over time. The honor was bestowed by Dr. O. Murcheson, who is credited as being the town founder in the late 1860s / early 1870s.

A post office was granted in the 1884 two years before the arrival of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad. In the 1890s Merit had most essential business and the population was near 300. By 1917 the number of residents had increased to an estimated 500.

By the mid 1940s the population was back to 300 and by the early 1950 it decreased further to an estimated 185.

Merit TX - Bland Middle School
Bland Middle School
Photo courtesy Mike Price, August 2009
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Photographer's Note:
Another of these small towns that surround a large school complex. The schools are all named Bland, which I assume is the school district name. Merit has three separate school complexes, one of which is a new elementary school being built to the east of 'downtown'. - Mike Price, August 2009


Merit TX - Merit Cemetery
Merit Cemetery on the east side of town
Photo courtesy Mike Price, August 2009


Merit TX - Merit Cemetery tombstone
Merit Cemetery
Photo courtesy Mike Price, August 2009


Merit TX - Merit Cemetery
Merit Cemetery
Photo courtesy Mike Price, August 2009
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TX Hunt County 1920s Map
Hunt County 1920s map showing Merit near Collin County line
From Texas state map #10749
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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