Sterrett is on U.S. Highway 77 five miles north of Waxahachie in north central Ellis County. The area was settled before 1850; the county's first recorded marriage was performed there. By 1852 two stores and a cotton gin operated in the area. The arrival of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad in 1889 attracted settlers, and the following year a post office called Sterrett, after James Sterrett, a pioneer settler, began operation. The post office remained in operation until 1929. The small farming community recorded a population of seventy-five between 1925 and 1952, while its businesses declined from three to two. In the 1980s through 2000 twenty-eight persons lived in the community.
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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