One of my frequent visits is the small town of Leonard, Texas. It has a small town square with many of its buildings still standing. The only thing missing was the old town’s tall hall that sat in the middle. The center of the square now houses the police department and the post office in a modern building. I have a few images of old row buildings in Leonard, Texas on the edge of the town square and a picture of one side of the square share.
Leonard, Texas got its beginnings in 1845 when the President of the Republic of Texas, Anson Jones granted 3520 acres of land known as the Martin Moore Survey. The land was sold to Solomon Langdon Leonard in 1859 but was settled until the Southeastern, Missouri, Kansas, and Texas Railroad came through the area. in 1880 Leonard, Texas came into existence.
By 1889 the town had 400 residents. over the years slowly grew to over 2000 living in town or surrounding areas. Although the population did start to slow in the 1990s those numbers started building as the Dallas Fort Worth area started its population explosion. In the last 5 years, I’ve seen a large increase in new people moving into the area. Large ranches sell off sections of their land and those sell off everything to developers. Now that there’s a new lake in the area, The town’s population is growing faster than ever.
Old Row Buildings in Leonard, Texas
These old buildings caught my eye and I just had to take a picture of them. Two of them are abandoned or just used for storage. They are in rough shape and won’t be around much longer. The other building is a real estate office. It’s still being used but I haven’t had a chance to look into the building’s history.
From a vintage photo on the City of Leonard’s website. I was able to figure out the center building was called the City Market. The little store to the left wasn’t the photo. It’s so small it could be part of the older store or it could be something else.
At some point, I plan on getting more images from the Leonard Downtown area. When I do, I will continue to create articles of the various points of interest in Leonard.
About the Old Row Buildings in Leonard, Texas Images
I used my Sony a6000 and my Sony SELP18105G E PZ 18-105mm F4 G OSS lens. The image was then edited with Adobe Lightroom CC, Topaz Labs Denoise AI and Topaz Labs Sharpen AI, Aurora HDR, and Luminar AI to clean up the image.