Purley

Purley is at the junction of Farm Road 900 and State Highway 37, seven miles south of Mount Vernon in southwestern Franklin County. The area was settled by farmers in the 1850s, and Purley received a post office in 1879. By 1884 the community had several stores, four saw and grist mills, and a population of 150. By 1896 it had a population still estimated at 150, a mattress manufacturer, and a one-room, one-teacher school that served sixty-six children. The population of the community declined during the twentieth century; in 1966 it was estimated as twenty, and Purley had no businesses. The population increased slowly until 1972, when it reached an estimated eighty-one. In 1988 the community had one business and through 2000 still reported eighty-one residents.

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

Purley is classified as a Town

Locations

  • Latitude
    33.09122960
    Longitude
    -95.26216590

Has Post Office

No

Is Incorporated

No

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Pop. Year Source
100 2009 Local Officials