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ALVORD, TEXAS

Wise County, North Central Texas

3321'25"N 9741'46"W (33.356968, -97.696026)

Highway 287/81
10 Miles NW of Decatur the county seat
9 Miles NE of Chico
Population: 1,573 Est. (2019)
1,334 (2010) 1,007(2000) 1,112 (1990)

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Watermelon Festival, 1922, Alvord, Texas
Watermelon Festival, an annual event, now replaced by Pioneer Days.
1922 photo courtesy Laura Shaffer

History in a Pecan Shell

Originally called Nina, before 1882, the name was changed to honor the president of the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad when it arrived that year. A post office was granted the same year and Alvord was incorporated in 1890.

The population in 1925 was a very respectible 1,376 people and the town was thriving. The Magnolia Petroleum Company had a pumping station operating in Alvord, but like most towns, the population dropped with the onset of the Great Depression. In 1940 the population was down to just over 800 and in 1960 it had declined further to only 720.


Annual Event
The town celebrates its heritage with an annual Pioneer Days celebration each June.

Alvord Texas Old Public School
Old Public School in Alvord
Photo courtesy Laura Shaffer
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TX Wise County 1907 Postal Map
Wise County 1907 postal map showing Alvord along Fort Worth and Denver Railway, NE of Decatur
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Wise County Towns

County Seat - Decatur
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  • Alvord
  • Aurora
  • Boonsville
  • Bridgeport
  • Chico
  • Crafton
  • Decatur county seat
  • Greenwood
  • Newark
  • Paradise
  • Rhome
  • Rush Creek
  • Slidell
  • Contiguous Counties:
    Montague County (N) Cooke County (NE)
    Denton County (E) Tarrant County (SE)
    Parker County (S) Jack County (W)

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


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