Cumby, TX - Population 777
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member QuarrellaDeVil
N 33° 05.664 W 095° 49.305
15S E 236642 N 3665294
Quick Description: Cumby, TX, population 777 as of this posting. This sign is located on the east side of FM 275, at the southern city limit.
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 3/12/2015 7:58:01 AM
Waymark Code: WMNGGG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member monkeys4ever
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Long Description:
A Texas Historical Marker stands in front of a city park in town, providing some background:

The grove of black jack trees which gave this town its original name was near an Indian camping ground. The trees stood atop the highest point in present Hopkins County. An Indian trail that crossed the grove later became a major wagon freighting route.

Black Jack Grove Post Office opened in 1848 in the home of John W. Matthews, the first postmaster. In 1851 D.W. Cole purchased a tract of land that included the grove from Elizabeth Wren and began selling town lots. Cole operated a store and gave land for the first Masonic lodge building. Henry Bingham ran a tavern which also served as a hotel. By 1860, Black Jack Grove was a thriving settlement with several stores, two physicians, two blacksmiths, and other tradesmen. A log structure housed the school. Later a vacant store served as a school and church facility.

To avoid confusion with another Black Jack Post Office, the town was renamed in 1896 for legislator and Confederate veteran Robert H. Cumby. After 1900, two banks opened and the town incorporated. Later the population began to decline as improved highways lessened Cumby's importance as a trading center.

One of Cumby's best-known citizens was the noted author Ben K. Green (1912-1974)

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Ben K. Green is buried in Cumby Cemetery, and while Robert H. Cumby was buried there originally, he was relocated to Sulphur Springs.
Address: FM 275, southern city limit

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