Forney

Forney is on U.S. Highway 80, the Missouri Pacific Railroad, Buffalo Creek, and Mustang Creek, twenty-three miles east of Dallas in northwestern Kaufman County. When the earliest settlers arrived and established a community in this area they found a broad expanse of fertile blackland prairie covered with grass. By 1870 several of these settlers, including John C. McKellar, who established the first general store in the settlement, were calling their town Brooklyn, reportedly because several springs flowed together to form a brook nearby. Soon after McKellar's store was opened, a saloon and a blacksmith shop began operation in Brooklyn.

Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.

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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Forney is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Brooklyn)

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.74706470
    Longitude
    -96.45204900

Has Post Office

Yes

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Forney by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Forney
Pop. Year Source
25,371 2019 Texas Demographic Center
14,661 2010 Texas Demographic Center
5,588 2000 Texas Demographic Center
4,070 1990 Texas Demographic Center