in a Pecan Shell
Griffin has no 19th Century history. It came
into being in the 1930s on what had been the Campbell Ranch. Originally named
Oasis - the name would be a fit description due to the barren terrain.
D. Chipley, after failing to create a town he modestly named after himself in
east Cochran County, had great hopes for Oasis although it had but one store and
a transient population comprised mainly of oil workers.
In 1950 Oasis became
Griffith for the banker (Karl Griffith) who had invested in the town's future
by financing a grain elevator.
Griffith went on to own several other businesses in town - including the gas station.
By the 1980s the population was down to just 25 residents and figures stopped
after the 1980 census.
The Grain Storage
Elevator/Silo in Griffith was very unusual to me. Note all the guy wire to stabilize
it against the wind. This may be a common practice but is the only one I have
seen. Almost seems like it would have been easier to tear this one down and rebuild
it. There are a lot of guy wires on this thing. Can you imagine the mess if someone
had dropped a roll of wire from above in the midst of guying it? - Barclay
Gibson, January 28, 2009