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GRIFFITH, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Cochran County, Texas Panhandle /
West Texas
Highway 114
70 Miles W of Lubbock
2 Miles E of the New Mexico State Line

Population: 00012 (2000)

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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

History 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.

Henry 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.

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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Photographer's Note:
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
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