Established in 1852 as Perry by settlers from Perry, Ill., the town was renamed in 1881 to honor Col. W.L. Moody, director of the Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe Railroad, when that line built through.

Moody Drug, established in 1881, is one of the oldest drug stores in Texas; the Moody Courier, established in 1889, is the city's second-oldest business. A Texas A&M experimental farm is five miles north.


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