Floyd County Seat,
33°59'2"N 101°20'14"W (33.983771, -101.337259)
US Hwys 70, 62, State Hwy 20, FM 784 & 1958
31 miles W of Matador
50 miles NE of Lubbock
Population: 2,786 Est. (2016)
3,038 (2010) 3,676 (2000) 3,896 (1990)
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|The town was
established by M.C. Williams in 1890.
Floydada is designated county seat in an election against Della Plain.
The County's namesake was Dolphin Ward Floyd, who died at the Alamo.
Marker on Courthouse
of Floyd County
Floyd County was
created by the Texas Legislature in 1876. The Fort Worth and Denver
City Railway Company began building westward from Wichita
Falls, resulting in increased settlement of the area. Ranchers
T. J. Braidfoot and J. R. McLain formed a partnership in 1887 to establish
a town they hoped to promote as county seat. Named Della Plain,
it soon boasted homes, businesses, and civic institutions. As more
homesteaders settled northwest of Della Plain, a town named Lockney
was created in 1889. Soon there was rivalry over which town would
be named county seat. In 1890 M. C. Williams and J. K. Gwynn selected
this site for a town called Floyd City. In an election held
on May 28, 1890, the voters chose Floyd City as county seat. Officers
elected were: Arthur B. Duncan, County Judge; John C. Hendrix, County
Attorney; R. T. Miller, County and District Clerk; D. W. Jenkins,
Sheriff and Tax Collector; E. E. Keeley, County Treasurer; L. C. Darby,
Tax Assessor; W. M. Massie, Surveyor; and C. F. Ramsey, T. B. Michael,
W. R. Vandeveer, and B. P. Merrell, County Commissioners. When a post
office was established in September, the name of the town was changed
one time the town's name had been Floyd City. There are at
least three versions on how the Ada was added: "Some claim the
new name was meant to be Floydalia and was garbled in transmission
to Washington; others say it was a combination of the county name
and that of donor James Price's mother, Ada; still another version
is that it was named for Caroline Price's parents, Floyd and Ada."
- From the Handbook of Texas Online
Street, Floydada, Texas
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
- 401 S. Main, Floydada
Church of Floydada
On July 19, 1891,
The Rev. I. B. Kimbrough and a small group of worshipers met in the
dugout home of Joe Arnold to organize the Floyd City Baptist Church.
The congregation conducted early worship services in the North Side
School building and at the local Methodist church. After the town's
name was changed to Floydada, the church was renamed First Baptist
Church of Floydada. Several traveling ministers served the congregation
during its early years. The Rev. R. E. L. Muncy was called as first
resident pastor in 1897, and he organized the first Sunday School
in 1899. The congregation completed its first frame sanctuary at this
site in 1908. Over the years additional property was acquired and
larger structures were built to serve the growing membership. Throughout
its history, the First Baptist Church has served the community with
a variety of worship, educational, and outreach programs. The members
and pastors have placed an emphasis on both foreign and home mission
activities. The church continues to play an important role in Floyd
- 201 W. Kentucky, Floydada
Church of Floydada
The roots of Methodism in Floyd County can be traced to the 1880s,
prior to the founding of Floydada and the formal organization of the
county. Circuit riding preachers ministered to pioneer settlers at
Della Plain (5 mi. N), and occasional worship services were held in
a general store owned by J. S. McLain. After the county was organized
in 1890 and Floydada was named county seat, the Northwest Conference
of the Methodist Church established a congregation here. Initially
served by The Rev. W. F. Ford, the membership held worship services
in the local schoolhouse. In 1902 a community church was erected in
the 300 block of N. Main Street. Although legally owned by the Methodists,
the sanctuary was also used by other denominations in town. The building
was moved to this site in 1913 and replaced by a red brick structure
in 1918. As the congregation continued to grow, plans were made for
larger church facilities. New buildings were erected beginning in
1953, and the red brick church was eventually razed. For over one
hundred years, the First Methodist Church of Floydada has served the
community with worship, educational, and outreach programs.
Alabama native William P. Daily (1865-1941) and his family arrived
in Floyd County in 1911, settling briefly in the Muncy community (5
mi. N). After moving to Floydada to open a feed, coal, and wagon yard,
Daily recognized the need for a hotel here. Construction began in
1912, and the hotel opened in January 1913, with 21 guest rooms. Catering
mostly to traveling salesmen, Daily transported them from the railroad
station in a horse-drawn buggy, and allowed them to display their
wares in the hotel lobby. The hotel was renamed The Lamplighter
Inn in 1964.
Texas Sesquicentennial 1836-1986
Chamber of Commerce
114 W. Virginia Street in the City Hall
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In 1957 or 1958 my family had a cafe named Lopez in Floydada. [If
anyone has] any pictures or information on this, it would be greatly
appreciated. I can be emailed at work. Thank you so much. - email@example.com.
- March 05, 2006
I was born and raised in Floydada, left there in 1970, and came
to Pasadena Texas, but there is hardly a day that goes by that something
doesn't remind me of my hometown.
Some of the main things I remember as a kid growing up in Floydada
was the Old Settlers Parade and the festivities that went with it.
We always made sure we had a new water gun and a bean shooter, so
we could squirt the pretty girls and the bean shooters were for
shooting at the people we were not so fond of. Had to do a lot of
We used to get up on top of the buildings downtown and watch the
parade go by. I guess I have been on top of most every building
downtown, except the courthouse, but I was up in the bell tower
of the old courthouse that burned down in the 40's once. I miss
Floydada very much. I wish I could have stayed there. All my folks
are still there, out in the cemetery.
One more thing that I remember as a kid were the medicine shows
that would come through town. That was quite a thrill to watch their
minstrel show and laugh at the ones who had all that black smeared
on their faces. They sure sold a lot "get well medicine". I remember
the boxes of candy they sold. Some of them had a winning ticket
inside, most of them did not. They always had the shows set up behind
The Palace Theatre, right close to where Bishop Ford had their used
The old courthouse had a tall set of stairs leading up to the front
doors, on both sides of the stairs running from the top to the bottom
was a long run of smooth concrete that the handrails were connected
to, which made a perfect slicky slide. Being the young kid that
I was I shortened the life of a few pairs of Levi's that were hard
to come by.
Another thing that I was wondering about is the old courthouse bell.
It used to be lying on the ground on the west side of the jail house.
One more thing that has stayed with me all these years. This was
in the mid 40's before television. When it came time for the election
of new officials, they would set up a huge blackboard right out
front of the old Hesperian building which was owned by Homer Steen
at that time I believe. On the blackboard they would have the candidates
name listed and the number of votes they were getting. Boy! Times
sure have changed haven't they?
Well those are just a few things that come to mind when I remember
Floydada, I am sure if I sat down and thought about it for a while
I could tell you a lot more tales.
Thanks for the opportunity to share some of the memories with you.
- Eddie Childs, August 11, 2002
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The naming of Floydada
My great grandfather William Thomas “Billy” Cloyd was sheriff of
Matador, Texas and also worked
on the Matador Ranch.
An old family story [was] that his first wife’s name was Floyd and
another wife’s name was Ada. So the town became known as Floydada.
I recently contacted a family member who sent correct and documented
information on his wives' names.His first wife was Floyd Mary Nelson,
from Floydada, who died March 16, 1902. His second wife was Ava
Martin, from Motley County, and they were married July 30,1903.
William Cloyd died six months later in January, 1904.The second
wife being Ava and not Ada means that the names were not used to
name the town. So the family story was just that - a family story.
- Paul Cloyd, August 15, 2004
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