CUNNINGHAM, TEXAS. Cunningham is on Farm Road 196 near the North Sulphur River, twenty miles southeast of Paris in southeastern Lamar County. The town was named for Sam Cunningham, a landowner who encouraged settlement in the community. Its post office was established in 1912. By 1915 the population had risen to 350, and the town included two churches, a newspaper called the Inland Journal, three general stores, a printer, a sawmill, and a physician. The number of residents had decreased to 200 by the 1940s and continued to decline slowly. In the 1980s Cunningham had three churches, a school, a few businesses, and a population of 110, which remained at that level in 2000.
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.John M. Santry, "CUNNINGHAM, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlc63), accessed February 10, 2016. Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
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