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    FRITCH, TEXAS

    Hutchinson and Moore Counties, Texas Panhandle
    State Highway 136
    41 Miles NE of Amarillo
    About 22 Miles SW of Stinnett
    About 7 miles SW of Sanford
    Population: 2,235 (2000)

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    Lake Meredith Texas field of wildflowers
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    Lake Meredith National Recreation Area

    History in a Pecan Shell

    No 19th Century history here except for the three ranches that would comprise the future town of Fritch. J. M. Sanford, J. H. Johnson, and Roy B. Wright were the ranchers – and as you can see – there isn’t a Fritch in that list. H. C. (Fred) Fritch wasn’t a rancher, but a VP of the of the Rock Island Railroad, it was Fred who arranged the purchase (1924) of the right-of-way, and therefore he was the honored namesake. Fritch also platted the town in the early 1930s.

    During the 1920s Panhandle oil boom, as many as five oil companies fought for leases and had field offices in Fritch.

    But boom towns in the 30s weren’t what they were earlier. The town managed to get through the Great Depression a bit easier than other towns, but the 1940 census only showed a population of 75.

    With the proposed construction of Sanford Dam and Lake Meredith, Sanford incorporated in the late 1950s. In the mid 1960s, when the Dam was completed and Lake Meredith was rising, the town had already acquired nearly 3,000 new citizens.

    Oil and gas production fell in the late 1960s, dropping the population to 1,778 for the 1970 census. The 1970s energy crisis ramped up oil activities in the region and by 1980 the population had increased to nearly 2,300.

    Fritch hosts the National Park Service HQ for Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and the Alibates Flint Quarries National Monument is just across the county line in Potter County.

    The population for 1990 was given as 2,335 declining slightly to 2,235 for the 2000 census.
    Fritch Tx city limit
    Fritch city limit
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2009

    Fritch

    by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales" Column)
    Like many Texas towns, Fritch owed its existence to the railroad... more
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