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POST, TEXAS

Garza County Seat, Texas Panhandle
Intersection of Hwys 380 and 84
24 miles E of Tahoka
42 miles SE of Lubbock
160 miles SE of Amarillo
125 miles NW of Abilene
73 miles miles N of Big Spring

Population: 3,708 (2000)

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Post TX - Post Dispatch  work room
Post Dispatch, January, 1928
The Marable/Cockrum Families Collection - Dan E. Cockrum
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Post, Texas Topics of Interest:

  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • Post Landmarks & Attractions
  • A Photographer's Visit to Post, Texas Photo Gallery
  • Llano Estacado
  • OS Ranch
  • Pioneer's Well
  • Post, Texas Old Photos next page
  • History in a Pecan Shell

    The town was founded in 1907, which is rather late by Texas standards. C. W. Post had already visited Texas and had experience planning a community west of Fort Worth. After making millions in the cereal business back in Battle Creek Michigan, he returned to Texas and bought 225,000 acres in Lynn and Garza Counties, platting a town based on a grid of streets and avenues, not unlike Miami, Florida.

    The town was originally called Post City, but the name was changed (and the town incorporated) after Mr. Post's death (following surgery) in California. They once had a newspaper called the Post City Post.

    Since Mr. Post's model city was based on an agrarian economy, he experimented in rainmaking as a form of crop insurance. The King Ranch had been doing their own experiments about this same time in this inexact science, although they used U.S. Army artillery, while Post had to make do with civilian dynamite.

    The Post, Texas website contains a timeline showing the development of the city during its first years. A history of this unusual town and its founding has just been reprinted and is for sale at the museum.

    Many of the town's early structures, including the Algerita Hotel date from the town's founding. Mr. Post's house has become a funeral home and the town's sanitarium has become the Garza County Museum

    Post is a definite stop on any trip going through the Texas panhandle and is a worthy destination in itself.


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    Post Texas welcome sign - painted wall mural
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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    Post Landmarks & Attractions

    Garza County courthouse, Post TX 1939 vintage photo
    Garza County Courthouse
    1939 Photo courtesy TXDoT
  • Garza County Courthouse
  • Algerita Art Center: 129 East Main Street in the restored Algerita Hotel Mr. Post had the hotel built to accommodate visitors considering Post as their new home.
  • OS Ranch Museum: (c. 1911) 201 East Main Street 806-495-3570 Hours: Monday through Friday 10 to 12 and 1 to 5.
  • Garza County Museum: 119 N. Avenue N. Hours: Tuesday through Saturday 10 to 5. The museum can be reached by email at garzamuseum@door.net.
  • Garza Theater: 226 E, Main Street 806-495-4005 The 1920 building was closed in 1957 and restored in 1986. Local theater group annual awards and a schedule of performances can be found on the city website.


  • Post is a definite stop on any trip going through the Texas panhandle and is a worthy destination in itself.

    Scenic Drive
    FM 669 - According to the Texas Travel Guide "FM669 south toward Gail reaches edge of Texas High Plains called the Llano Estacado ... Highway descends the abrupt edge where plains end, traveling through panoramas of steep cliffs and colorful canyons."

    Post Tourist Information
    Post Chamber of Commerce
    106 S. Broadway - 806-495-3461
    Website: www.posttexas.com

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    A Photographer's Visit to Post, Texas
    Photographer's Note:
    Post is a very nice town to visit. Well located and a lot of history. When leaving Lubbock to the southeast one always passes through Slayton and Post. Before I just kept on truckin' but now both are worth a slowdown. - Barclay Gibson, November 2009
    Post Tx - Methodist Church
    Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Post Tx - Church On 10th St
    The church on 10th Street
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    Post Tx Depot
    Post Tx Depot
    Post Depot
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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    Post Tx - First National Bank
    First National Bank
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    Post Tx - Garza County Museum
    Garza County Museum
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    Post Tx -Holly's Drive In Menu
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Post Tx - Hotel Garza
    Hotel Garza
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Post Tx - Hotel Garza mural
    Hotel Garza mural
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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    Tower Theatre
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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    Hungerford Tx - Garza Patio Sign
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    Post Tx - Terrace Cemetery Entry
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    Terrace Cemetery
    Historical Marker - US 84 Rest Area, 8 miles South of Post
    Llano Estacado
    Stretching across the horizon as a range of flat topped mountains is the Cap Rock Escarpment, eastern boundary of the vast Llano Estacado or "Staked Plains." The Llano, one of the world's most perfect plains regions, is an elongated oval extending from north to south. Some three quarters of it, 20 million acres, are in Texas . The remainder is in eastern New Mexico. Its naturally treeless surface, unbroken except for several canyons, slopes gradually from an altitude of 2,700 feet at its eastern edge to more than 4,000 feet along the New Mexico border. The Cap Rock Escarpment is the result of surface erosion that began in the early pleistocene period some 750,000 years ago. Composed of tough caliche, the Cap Rock has protected the softer materials underlying it, thus resisting the erosive factors with varying success. The escarpment begins in Borden County 25 miles south of this point and extends northward in a sweeping arc 170 miles into the Texas Panhandle. It rises from 300 feet to 1,000 feet above the lower plains at its base, giving the impression of having been thrust upward out of the surrounding land. First white man to visit the Great Plains was the Spanish Conquistador Francisco de Coronado who crossed them in 1541 on his search for the fabled Seven Cities of Cibola. He was especially impressed by the sea of grass which covered the soil so completely that the tracks of his expedition left no permanent mark. The Spaniards, it is said, staked their route so they would be guided on the return-trip-- hence the term "staked" plains.
    Historical Marker - US 84 Rest Area, 8 miles South of Post

    OS Ranch

    Founded on open range, 1878, brand was owned in 1881 by R. H. Overall. Acquired 1901 by W. E. Connell, who had about 200 sections of land. Ranch house a community center - for barbecues, roundups, parties. In 1907 it was site of election organizing Garza County.

    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1966.
    Historical Marker - From Post, Hwy 669 S 2 miles to CW Post Memorial Scout Camp

    Pioneer's Well

    County's first hand-dug rock-walled well. Dug 1883 by Llano Ranch workmen. Well is 5 feet square, 40 feet deep and lined with sandstones placed without the use of mortar. Original wood curb was destroyed by fire, 1937. Present curb is replica. Well was used 45 years.

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    Algerita Hotel, Post, Texas
    The Algerita Hotel in 1916. More Rooms with a Past
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