Lovelady is a town in Houston County, Texas, United States. The population was 649 at the 2010 census. Lovelady was founded by investors of the Houston & Great Northern Railroad as a railway line was built through a land grant of Cyrus Lovelady, near the communities of Nevil's Prairie, Pennington, and Weldon. The U.S. Post Office opened on November 8, 1872. The town soon had livery, stables, blacksmith shop, and hotels, prospering as both a marketplace and a shipping point. By 1876 a public school was held in a local log house. Lovelady was incorporated in 1927. The Porter Place Ranch at Lovelady, founded in 1912 by V. H. "Hoyt" Porter, is the setting of many prized photographs by Porter's son-in-law, Guy Gillette, who spent many summers at the ranch with his wife, Doris Porter Gillette, and their two sons. In 2013, Andy Wilkinson of Lubbock published through the University of Oklahoma Press a coffee-table book, A Family of the Land: The Texas Photography of Guy Gillette, a photo-account of Gillette's career. Based on pictures that Gillette took dating back to the 1940s, the volume documents ranching, family, and small-town life, including downtown activities on Saturdays: the café, drug store, barbershop, city streets, and marching band; and Sunday church activities: homecoming, dinner on the ground, and Bible school.
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