Talty

Talty is near Farm Road 1641 eight miles northwest of Kaufman in northwest Kaufman County. The area was originally settled by a number of Irish Catholic pioneers, among them Tom and Martin Layden, Edmund and Daniel Vaughan, and William O'Connor. The community was originally called Layden's Ridge and later known as Irish Ridge. Talty was legally established with the filing of deeds on March 27, 1874. During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries Talty had a general store, a gristmill, and a grocery and drug business. In 1891 the community's Catholic population built St. Martin's Church on a tract of land donated by Martin Layden. A school was started about the same time, and a post office opened in 1899 and closed in 1901. In 1902 the Catholic residents of Talty constructed a convent and persuaded nuns of the Sisters of Notre Dame to come to the settlement. The sisters administered a parochial school near the convent until fire destroyed both structures in 1924. Between 1900 and 1936 Talty had sixteen residents and two businesses. In 1956 the population reach sixty, and the town had three businesses; in 1966 residents numbered 150. In the late 1980s the population had fallen to thirty-two, where it remained in 1990. The population grew rapidly and by 2000 reached 1,028.

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

Talty is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Irish Ridge)
  • (Layden's Ridge)
  • (Ruvaldt's Gin)

Locations

  • Latitude
    32.69304750
    Longitude
    -96.39715300

Has Post Office

No

Is Incorporated

Yes

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Talty by the Numbers

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Population Counts

Talty
Pop. Year Source
2,664 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,535 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,028 2000 Texas Demographic Center