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GEM, TEXAS

Hemphill County, Texas Panhandle
Near State Highway 33 between the Washita and Canadian Rivers.
About 16 miles SE of Canadian
One mile from the Intersection of FM 2654 and Highway 33

Population: 0

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Building near Gem, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
History in a Pecan Shell

Rancher Thomas F. Moody named the town for his wife Gem Hibbard Moody. The town was surveyed and platted in 1909 and was granted a post office that same year. The town held great promise but was in competition from a number of other communities. Gem reported a population of seventy-five in the mid 1920s a number that they continued to use through 1960. The post office closed in 1954 and over time the residents left until there was no one left. There are a number of scattered buildings radiating a mile out from Gem.

Photographer's Note: Gem is about 16 miles SE of Canadian on SH33 at FM 2654... a little SW of the highway intersections where these photos are taken. Google confirms structures at the location of the real Gem. Looks like I missed it by 1 mile. - Barclay Gibson, January 25, 2009
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Near Gem, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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