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SEAGRAVES, TEXAS

Gaines County, Texas Panhandle / West Texas
Hwy 385
18 miles N of Seminole
22 miles S of Brownfield
60 Miles S of Lubbock
80 Miles N of Odessa
28 Miles E of the New Mexico State Line on Hwy 83
Population: 2,447 (2010) 2,334 (2000)

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Seagraves TX - Depot sign
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2013

History in a Pecan Shell

Gaines County is named after James Gaines, signer of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

Seagraves was originally called Blythe. This was about 1911 when the post office was on the Blythe ranch.

The Santa Fe Railroad make Seagraves the end of a spur running from Lubbock and a land company owned by the railroad promoted the town around 1917. There was already a Blythe on the Santa Fe line (although it was in California) so the name was changed to that of C. L. Seagraves, a Santa Fe Railroad Official.

An oil boom in the mid-thirties made up for a fire that nearly leveled the town in 1928. 1950 was an unpleasant milestone for the town when it lost its title as most populated Gaines County town to the county seat of Seminole.

One of the few buildings that survived the 1928 fire was the Simpson Hotel. The Hotel was awarded a Texas Historical Commission Medallion in 1992.

Seagraves experienced an oil boom in the 1930s which lessened some of the impact of the Great Depression. At one point in the 1950s, the chamber of commerce touted Seagraves as "The Caged Egg Production Center of the World." That slogan may have lost it's meaning to a lot of people, but to us here at Texas Escapes, Seagraves will always be The Caged Egg Production Center of the World.


Seagraves Attractions

  • Seagraves-Loop Museum & Art Center
    Main Street and Hill Avenue
    806-546-2810


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  • Cedar Lake: East of Seagraves off of Hwy 83. Reported to be the birthplace of Quanah Parker.
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  • Seagraves TX - Main Street
    Seagraves Main Street today
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2013
    Main Street, Seagraves, Texas
    Seagraves Main Street
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    Seagraves TX Depot
    Seagraves Depot
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2013
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    Simpson Hotel
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2013
    Seagraves TX - Simpson Hotel historical marker

    Simpson Hotel historical marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, July 2013
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    9-11 Memorial Mural
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    Statue of Liberty Lampost
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