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CONLEN, TEXAS

Dallam County, Texas Panhandle
Highway 54 and FM 807
About 19 Miles NE of Dalhart
About 11 Miles SW of Stratford
Population: 000018 (2006)

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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 was introduced.

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.
Cowboy sign in Conlen Texas
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Cowboy on Texas State shape sign, Conlen Texas
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Conlen Texas grain elevators
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