| History in
a Pecan Shell
The town was founded in 1903 with the arrival of the Chicago, Rock
Island and Gulf Railroad. The namesake is the railroad supervisor
(Captain J.H. Conlen) who oversaw construction of the Rock Island
Line from Kansas to New Mexico across three Texas counties (Sherman,
Dallam, and Hartley).
The community managed to weather the dust storms of the Great Depression
and the local economy made something of a comeback when irrigation
The 1940 prewar population of 150 declined to less than half of that
figure by 1948. By 1990 there were 61 people left which increased
to the (2000) figure of 69 residents. The town is shown on the official
state map with an estimated population of 18 people.