Grays Prairie

Grays Prairie is a farming community near the junction of Farm roads 1388 and 148, three miles south of Kaufman in south central Kaufman County. The community developed during the late 1840s and early 1850s in the vicinity of Peede and was named for the Gray family, who arrived in the area during the late 1850s. Nicholas H. Gray had received a grant of 640 acres at the headwaters of nearby Bois d'Arc Creek in Kaufman County. Throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century Grays Prairie was a community center for farmers. Around 1900 its population varied between roughly fifty and eighty. In 1936 its population was twenty, and from the 1940s to the 1960s the residents numbered around seventy-five. In the 1970s the town had a store and two churches. The population of Grays Prairie grew from 50 in 1972 to 171 in 1986 and 304 in 1991. In 2000 the population was 296.

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

Grays Prairie is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Damson's Prairie)
  • (Peede)

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.47263170
    Longitude
    -96.35072600

Has Post Office

No

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Grays Prairie by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Grays Prairie
Pop. Year Source
378 2019 Texas Demographic Center
337 2010 Texas Demographic Center
296 2000 Texas Demographic Center
286 1990 Texas Demographic Center