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JAYTON, TEXAS

Kent County Seat, Panhandle / West Texas

33°15'N 100°34'W (33.2493, -100.5748)
State Hwy 70 and US 380
FMs 1228 and 1083
22 miles W of Aspermont
49 miles E of Post
50 miles NE of Snyder
91 miles SE of Lubbock
62 miles N of Sweetwater
Population: 534 (2010) 513 (2000) 608 (1990)

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Jayton Texas town square and band
1914 Jayton, Texas
Photo courtesy Patricia Hamilton

Jayton, Texas Topics:

  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • Jayton Landmarks / Attractions
  • Jayton Old Photos & Memories
  • Kent County Courthouse > next page
  • Jayton Area Hotels: Sweetwater Hotels | Snyder Hotels

  • History in a Pecan Shell

    The original name had been Jay Flat and the town was two miles northwest of the present location.

    A time line of significant historic events
    1886: Post office opened - first postmaster is Daniel Jay - part of the family that the town was named after.
    1907: Stamford and Northwestern Railroad comes nearby and town moves to tracks.
    1908: The first newspaper - The Jayton Herald is published.
    1910: Jayton is incorporated
    Fires destroyed many businesses in Jayton until waterlines and hydrants were set in place in the mid-1920s.
    1954: Clairemont loses court fight for county seat status - and Jayton becomes county seat.
    1957: Jayton builds their own courthouse.

    Jayton Texas Landmarks / Attractions

    Jayton Tx - Kent County Courthouse
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Kent County Courthouse >
    Jayton Tx - First National Bank
    First National Bank
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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    Jayton Tx - Methodist Church
    Jayton Methodist Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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    Jayton Tx Cafe For Sale
    Jayton Cafe For Sale
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Jayton Tx Closed Garage
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Jayton Tx - Closed Gas Station
    Closed Gas Station
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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    Jayton Tx - The Yellow Daisy
    The Yellow Daisy
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Jayton Tx Yellow Daisy Sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Jayton Tx - Refuge Cafe
    The Refuge Cafe
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Jayton Tx City Limit
    Jayton City Limit
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Jayton Texas - Classic Water Tower
    A classic
    Photos courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
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    Jayton Memories & Old Photos
    Busted Flat in Jayton, Texas by Mary Mathias
    "I will always treasure the years I lived where we had a sand storm every Friday and where the people would get up in the middle of the night to help people they didn’t know." more
    Jayton Texas town square, 1914
    Subject: Jayton, Texas in 1914
    The above photo was taken in 1914. This was on Saturday afternoon and the town band is seated on the benches playing music. My father, Thomas W. Fowler played trumpet in this band. He was a young man at the time. The townsfolk and people who lived on farms gathered on the square each Saturday afternoon to visit and listen to the band.

    This picture was in my mother's box of keepsake pictures and the date (1914) is written on the back. The photo itself has yellowed and has a couple of small tears in it so I took a picture of it with my digital camera using a high resolution and we were able to zoom in and read the signs on the buildings. You may be able to read "Bryant-Link Co." on the building on the right. On the white top building about the middle of the picture, the sign says "Corner Drug Store." Over on the left hand side there is a sign that reads "Glen Hancock". Underneath it says "Furniture" and underneath "Furniture" it says "Undertaker." My husband and I knew Glen Hancock in later years when we were growing up in Jayton. - Patricia Hamilton, Jayton, Texas (Yes, we are still living in Jayton. We were both born here.) May 09, 2006


    Subject: The Coffee Pot Cafe
    My husband and I remember the Coffee Pot Cafe from our childhood days and it was a treat to eat one of the good hamburgers there. As you can see by the photo, it looked exactly like a coffee pot. This cafe was around in the 1930s and early 40s. My husband is now 76 yrs old and I am 70 so we have some very good memories of those days in Jayton. Sincerely, Patricia Hamilton, Jayton, Texas, May 09, 2006
    The Coffee Pot Cafe, Jayton, Texas

    Jayton, Texas Forum

    Subject: Jayton and Temple Tractor Factories

    Looking for Information on either the Piasa Tractor Company of Jayton, Texas or the Prairie Queen Tractor Mfg. Company of Temple, Texas. The Jayton company was incorporated in 1913 to build tractors, but no other information is known. As far as the Prairie Queen Tractor Company of Temple, In the early 1920s, the Prairie Queen 8-16 tractor (using a Gray Victory engine), appeared on the market, but for unknown reasons it left the market in or after 1922. It was priced at $765. Other than that no other details about the company or its tractor have been located. - Jim White, Liberty Hill, Texas, September 16, 2006


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