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Barry in Navarro County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Barry

 
 
Barry Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
1. Barry Marker
Inscription. This agricultural community was named for Corsicana businessman Bryan T. Barry, who developed the land deeded for the townsite by early settlers Dave and Effie Wright. The Barry Post Office was established in 1886, the same year the St. Louis, Arkansas & Texas Railroad came through the town. The first post office was housed in the general store operated by Owen Taylor, who also was the town's first postmaster. Henry Allison later served as rural mail carrier for 40 years.

Early businesses in Barry included the First State Bank, which operated from 1909 until 1931, grocery stores, gas stations, drugstores, blacksmith shops, a newspaper office, a meat market, a cafe, and a hotel. In 1910, W. T. Woodruff and R. W. Varnell formed Woodruff and Co., which sold dry goods, hardware, and farm implements.

Settlers were attracted to the area by its rich farmland, and by 1920 most of the land had been cleared and planted in cotton. Barry's first cotton gin was established in 1899 by Dan McCammon, and E. Y. Jordan and Jack Hodge also operated early gins. Methodist and Baptist churches were organized by the end of the 19th century, and the Barry School, which opened in 1895, served the area until 1958.
 
Erected 1985 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 8269.)
 
Location.
Barry Marker, along Houston Street image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
2. Barry Marker, along Houston Street
32° 5.95′ N, 96° 38.193′ W. Marker is in Barry, Texas, in Navarro County. Marker is on Houston Street (Road 1126) near South Front Street, on the right when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Barry TX 75102, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Barry Baptist Church (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pinkston (approx. 3.5 miles away); IOOF Home Memorial Bell Tower (approx. 7.9 miles away); Odd Fellow and Rebekah Children's Home (approx. 8 miles away); 15th Texas Infantry Companies E and G (approx. 8.3 miles away); Navarro Rifles (approx. 8.3 miles away); Corsicana Hebrew Cemetery (approx. 8.6 miles away); James Clinton Neill (approx. 9.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  Texas State Historical Association, Barry TX. The first public school had opened in 1896, and by 1906 it had two teachers and an enrollment of 127 pupils. (Submitted on October 8, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
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Barry Marker (far right) at Barry Post Office 75102 image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, September 15, 2012
3. Barry Marker (far right) at Barry Post Office 75102
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 317 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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