Grays Prairie, TX


By: David Minor

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: February 2, 2022


Grays Prairie is a farming community near the junction of Farm roads 1388 and 148, three miles south of Kaufman in south central Kaufman County. The community developed during the late 1840s and early 1850s in the vicinity of Peede and was named for the Gray family, who arrived in the area during the late 1850s. Nicholas H. Gray had received a grant of 640 acres at the headwaters of nearby Bois d'Arc Creek in Kaufman County. Throughout the nineteenth century and into the twentieth century Grays Prairie was a community center for farmers. Around 1900 its population varied between roughly fifty and eighty. In 1936 its population was twenty, and from the 1940s to the 1960s the residents numbered around seventy-five. In the 1970s the town had a store and two churches. The population of Grays Prairie grew from 50 in 1972 to 171 in 1986 and 304 in 1991. In 2000 the population was 296.

Kaufman County Historical Commission, History of Kaufman County (Dallas: Taylor, 1978).

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1952
February 2, 2022

Place
Grays Prairie
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
2413555
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Kaufman County
Associated Names

Damson's Prairie

Peede

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 32.47263170°
  • Longitude: -96.35072600°
Population Counts
People Year
286 1990
296 2000
337 2010
378 2019