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ALANREED, TEXAS

Gray County, Texas Panhandle

35 12' 45.17" N, 100 44' 3.5" W (35.212549, -100.734306)
Interstate 40 and FM 291
On Old Route 66
7 miles W of McLean
59 miles E of Amarillo
2 miles N of the Donley County Line
Population: 60 est. (2010)

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Alanreed TX - Post Office

Alanreed Post Office - TX 79002
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally called Eldridge, the area was settled in the early 1880s on the stage line from old Mobeetie to Clarendon.

Town lots went on sale in 1884 and by 1886 a post office had been granted.

The area underwent a series of colorful names such as Springtown, Spring Tank, Prairie Dog Town, and Gouge Eye, for a memorable saloon scuffle.

The present site of Alanreed was laid out six miles south of Eldridge in 1900 by surveyors of the Choctaw, Oklahoma and Texas Railroad. The name came not from a man, but a partnership - the contracting company of Alan and Reed.

The site of old Eldridge is marked by the Eldridge cemetery.

In 1901 the first school was built with a larger two-story school built in 1912.

In 1902 the post office was moved from Eldridge and renamed Alanreed.

In 1903 the Rock Island line was completed and
In 1904 Alanreed was Gray County's largest town.

The population high-water mark was reportedly 500 in 1927 but The Depression, school consolidation and the closing of essential businesses, reduced it to an estimated 150 by 1933.

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McLean TX - Barbed Wire, Devil's Rope Museum, Route66
Devil's Rope Museum
Route 66, McLean Texas

Photo c ourtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Alanreed TX Eldridge Cemetery
Eldridge Cemetery near Alanreed
Photo courtesy Dan Guthrie, 2008
  • Texas Route 66 Museum.
  • Alanreed is also home to Delbert Trew, Panhandle author and columnist of "It's All Trew."
  • Route 66 in Texas

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  • Gray County TX 1907 Postal Map
    Gray County 1907 Postal Map showing Alanreed
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

    Alanreed, Texas Forum

  • Subject: ALANREED TEXAS
    A buddy, driving across country stopped at ALANREED to take a picture for me. You see, my name is ALAN REEDER. ALANREED TEXAS must be a great place. It certainly is to me and I have yet to visit. I live in Eugene Oregon and Palm Springs California. Hoping to visit my name sake town before I die, and best wishes to all 50 residents!! Sincerely, ALANREEDER, May 23, 2006

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