Rugby, Texas

01 May

If you are not paying attention to the signs, you’ll drive right by and never know you passed through Rugby. When I left Detroit, I was told to turn right on the 271 and on the corner I’d find a small business and a house and that was about it in Rugby. That and a few other homes dotted the area and I figured it was about all the big business you’d find there as shown in the above photo. On the Handbook of Texas Online website you’ll find this about Rugby:

“Rugby, four miles northwest of Bogata in southwestern Red River County, was settled before the Civil War and had a general store and a cotton gin by 1870. A church was organized in 1892. A post office, with William R. Bartlett as postmaster, operated from 1900 until 1907; it was reestablished in 1914. In the early decades of the twentieth century the community supported three gins, two stores, a blacksmith, a doctor, and Presbyterian and Methodist congregations. The post office, however, was discontinued in 1929. From 1925 through 1966 the community had an estimated population of seventy-five. From 1968 through 2000 the population was estimated at twenty-four, and the settlement had no rated businesses.”
~Claudia Hazlewood


Posted by on May 1, 2010 in Photography, small towns, Texas


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7 responses to “Rugby, Texas

  1. Stacie

    May 1, 2010 at 3:31 pm

    I like the old wood and paint. Those doors on the left are gems. Thankyou for sharing.

  2. Jack Matthews

    May 3, 2010 at 8:09 am

    I really like photos like this. Good shot and use of the Handbook of Texas.

  3. exileimaging

    May 3, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Always interesting to read your posts on these small towns. And, I enjoy your photos, too! I’ve made great use of the Handbook of Texas in planning our own explorations, or checking up on some place we’ve stumbled across. Looking forward to ‘discovering’ many more small treasures through your blog.

  4. doanli

    May 3, 2010 at 9:43 am

    I love looking at these old buildings and imagining what their history looks like, when they were new.

  5. wildstorm

    May 3, 2010 at 10:10 am

    Me too D. My mind always wondered about times past and the stories behind the front door.

  6. rebelcry

    May 7, 2010 at 12:20 am

    WONDERFUL work Wild Storm! I really enjoyed visiting your site. I have a couple of questions.
    How do you host your images on site? Notice when you enlarge the ones on my page they’ll go to photo bucket. That is fine but I think it would be better to have them linked directly from here.
    Also, how did you ad the images on the right (the copyright and e-mail banner)??

    Thanks! I love your name.

  7. Ray Sullivan

    September 10, 2015 at 8:53 pm

    I have been inside that store back in the 1950’s. Passed through Rugby on 271 often back then because my grandparents lived in Bogata.


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