Purves, on Farm Road 219 seven miles southeast of Dublin in southwestern Erath County, was named for William M. Purves, the first postmaster, and John Purves, who established a church in 1890. The population was 117 in 1900. The post office operated from 1897 to 1907. In 1947 the population was ninety-five, and the town had two businesses, two churches, and a school. By 1980 the population was fifty, where it remained in 1990.
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