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Railroad towns: Ferris, Bristol and more in 1881

Ferris was named and laid out by the Houston & Texas Central Railway in honor of Judge J. W. Ferris of Waxahachie. The first house in the town was built by N. J. Doty in February 1874. It now has a population of about 300; there are 12 stores, a church (one of the finest in the county), two hotels, a good school with about 150 pupils, and two cotton gins in the vicinity which ginned over 2,000 bales this season. Raw prairie lands in the vicinity are worth from $5 to $6 per acre, improved lots sell from $20 to $5o, town lots are $75 to $150. Water is provided from cisterns principally, there’s timber nearby, and the soil there is black-waxy. There are many new settlers coming in. Read stories like this and more in your latest edition of The Ennis News. Be informed, subscribe today!

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