Whitewright: Elmer Fudd's nemsis
Cotton gins and rail road tracks from the Missouri-Kansas-Texas
Railroad dominate the scenery around  Whitewright .
The tongue-twistery town or Whitewright, in southeastern Grayson
County in Texas, was named after an investor in the
Missouri-Kanas-Texas Railroad. Even before the trains came to town,
however, emigrants from Kentucky began a settlement here. Just to
the north is one of their first attempts at putting down roots,
Kentuckytown, where William Quantrill camped for a time during the
Civil War before being run out of the state.

The city grew during the post-war cotton boom, though two large fires
threatened to wipe out any prosperity gained. The town held on,
however, and its population hasn't declined by much even when  the
trains - both the KATY and the
Cotton Belt Route - stopped coming
through.

The economic history of Whitewright is still on view today. The remains
of cotton gins, lumber mills,  flour mills, and cotton seed oil mills make
up the industrial section of this little town, as does a defunct slaughter
house.

With fertile black-land soil surrounding it, Whitewright  is still a  farming
center. The town's close proximity to the outlying suburbs of Dallas
helps keep the town going. Historic homes and a local history museum
make this town a nice excursion for a daytripper.
How to get there
Where's Whitewright, you
ask? It's in southeastern
Grayson County on TX 11.
Many a pig passed here on its way
to becoming sausage.
The KATY depot sits forgotten a few yards
removed from the train tracks.
Abandoned water pumping station near downtown.
I love finding utlitarian pieces from the past: here's a horse hitch and
buggy step on a sidestreet in Whitewright.