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ABERNATHY, TEXAS

Hale County/Lubbock County, Texas Panhandle
Highway 27 and 87
18 Miles N of Lubbock
29 Miles S of Plainview
Population: 2,839

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was born as a stop on the Santa Fe when it connected Lubbock and Plainview. The name came from M. G. Abernathy, one of the partners in the South Plains Investment Company - who promoted the town.

Abernathy was initially built with structures from the town of Bartonsite, seven miles NW. A post office was granted in 1910 and four years later there was a respectible population of 300 which increased to 1,500 by the mid 20s. With the arrival of the Great Depression the population dropped to 850 where it remained until after WWII when a small oil boom boosted it to nearly 2,000.
Texas - Hale and Floyd County 1920s map
1920s Hale County map showing Abernathy
above the Lubbock County line

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Abernathy, Texas
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