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FARNSWORTH, TEXAS

Ochiltree County, Texas Panhandle
State Highway 15
10 Miles SW of Perryton
16 Miles NE of Spearman
Population: 149 est. (2010) 130 (2000)

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Outskirts of Farnsworth
Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, May 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Ranchers had settled here as early as the 1880s. The community was first called Olds, but in 1905 a post office opened under the name of Nogal, Texas.

The following year it was changed to Rogerstown, but that too, was short-lived.

When the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway arrived in 1919 the post office submitted a change of name to honor H. W. Farnsworth, the railroad director. The following year the post office became Farnsworth and has remained Farnsworth ever since.

There have never been too many people in Farnsworth. In 1925, the date for which first figures are available, the count was a mere 25 residents. The town peaked after WWII when 200 people called it home. It declined slightly in the mid 1980s to 149 the same figure for the 1990 census. The 200 count was 130.

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Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, May 2010
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1907 Ochiltree and Lipscomb County Texas postal map
1907 Ochiltree County postal map showing Farnsworth as Rogerstown
Courtesy Texas Land Office

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