Independence, just off Farm Road 3236 and eight miles northeast of Sulphur Springs in north central Hopkins County, was founded after the Civil War. A school was established there in 1888 on land donated by William Reed, and later a church was built. In 1905 the school had an enrollment of thirty-two. During the mid-1930s Independence had the church and school and a number of scattered dwellings. The school later closed, and in the mid-1960s only the church remained. In the late 1980s Independence was a dispersed rural community.
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