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HALE CENTER, TEXAS HISTORY MURALS
Hale Center, Texas

Photos by Barclay Gibson
Hale Center Tx - Early Newspaper Mural
"Early Newspaper
The Live Wire 1894-1896
"
by Ray freeman, 2002
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2009
Hale Center Physician Ray Freeman and wife Marjorie were instrumental in starting the Hale Center Mural Project.
Hale Center Tx Mural - DownTown
"Downtown"
1999
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Hale Center Tx Mural - Automobile - Downtown mural detail
Early automobile - "Downtown" mural detail
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Hale Center Tx Mural - "Whistle Stop"
"Whistle Stop"
2001
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Hale Center Tx Mural - Santa Fe Depot - "Whistle Stop" detail
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The 1910 Santa Fe Depot
Hale Center Tx Mural - Locomitive - "Whistle Stop" detail
Locomitive - "Whistle Stop" mural detail
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Hale Center Tx Mural - Santa Fe Depot - "Whistle Stop" signatures
"Whistle Stop" mural signatures
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Hale Center Tx Mural - "Hi-Plains Oasis"

"Hi-Plains Oasis"
1999
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Hale Center Tx Mural - "Harvest Time"

"Harvest Time"
2003
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Hale Center Tx Mural - "The Sodbuster"
"The Sodbuster"
1998
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Historical Marker Text ( I-27 about .5 miles South of Hale Center)
Ranching and Farming in Hale County
Pioneer ranchers began to settle Hale County in the early 1880s. Land was plentiful and cheap, but life was hard. Many settlers lived in dugouts. Supplies were freighted from Colorado City until the railroad reached Amarillo. Cattle roamed the free grazing land until round-up time, when they were separated according to brands. Ranchers earned extra income by selling buffalo bones for fertilizer, working on the railroad, or hiring out to larger ranches. Many worked at the Circle Ranch of Col. C. C. Slaughter, which covered land in four counties. Other significant ranches included the Callahan, Barton, and Norfleet ranches. When the public land was gone and free grazing ended, the larger ranches were divided into smaller tracts.

The transition from ranching to farming was difficult. By the early 20th century, wheat farming and dairy production began to replace ranching operations. The Dust Bowl and Depression of the 1930s brought new hardships. Soon after World War II, however, a high percentage of the cultivated acreage in Hale County was under irrigation. This allowed for crop diversification with high yields of grain sorghum, corn, soybeans, wheat, vegetables, and livestock production. Cotton has become the leading cash crop.

(1985)
Hale Center Tx Mural - "Western Cuisine"
"Western Cuisine"
2001
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2009
Hale Center Tx Mural - Wagon - "Western Cuisine" detail
Wagon - "Western Cuisine" mural detail
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Hale Center Tx Mural - "Western Cuisine" detail
"Western Cuisine" mural detail
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Hale Center Tx Mural - "The Homesteaders"
"The Homesteaders"
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Hale Center Tx Mural - Coronado On The High Plains
"Coronado On The High Plains"
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Hale Center Tx Mural - Antelopes
"Antelopes"
2009
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2009
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