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The town was established in 1886 and was named for R.B. Godley, a Cleburne businessman who donated the right-of-way to the railroad. (The Gulf, Colorado and Santa Fe)

Godley also donated 20 acres for the town site. A railroad station was built that same year (1886) and a post office opened in 1888. 

Early population figures aren't available but in the mid 1920s, there were 613 residents, which declined to 378 during the great depression.


Godley Depot

Godley Depot