Welcome to Forney!

Posted in Life by Sarah on January 27, 2011

Yesterday I had the opportunity of a Forney lifetime . . . to visit Forney, Texas!  I had this opportunity while I was driving to the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport from Marshall, Texas.  This little town is on the outskirts of Dallas, just east of the city.

I managed to grab a few shots from the driver’s seat as I was passing through.

Forney Animal Hospital



Forney Chamber of Commerce Sign

Welcome to Forney: Home of the Jackrabbits




In case you’re interested, here’s a little additional history about Forney, Texas.  Originally called Brooklyn, Texas, the name of the town was changed to “Forney” in 1873. It was named in honor of our ancestor, John W. Forney, who was born in Lancaster, PA in 1817.  He was the director of the Texas & Pacific Railway company, in addition to being a politician, diplomat, and journalist.  John Forney is reported to have been instrumental in establishing the railroad through the town of Brooklyn.  When the town applied to the federal government for a U.S. post office, it learned that another town in Texas also had the name of Brooklyn.  The name was then changed to Forney, in honor of John Forney, and has been Forney, Texas ever since!

It may not be a town to write home about for most, but I’m writing home about it anyway because it is our namesake!  For additional information on the history of Forney, Texas definitely check out this site and the Forney Historic Preservation League.   And more on John Forney’s biography is available here!


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  1. Andrea said, on January 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

    Wow!!!!! How freaking cool!!!!!!!

  2. Meredith, daughter of David said, on January 27, 2011 at 5:36 pm

    Awesome! Home of the jackrabbits!!!! 🙂 ??? Love it.

  3. Meredith, daughter of David said, on January 27, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Also see how John Forney was “Lincoln’s Dog” here:

    • Dad said, on January 27, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Looks like Uncle Paul.

      • Elizabeth said, on January 28, 2011 at 8:34 am

        He looks like a lot of Forneys! Or I guess a lot of later Forneys look like he. What powerful genes.

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