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KIRKLAND, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Childress County, Texas Panhandle
Highway 287 and FM 1033
20 Miles NW of Quanah
8 Miles SE of Childress

Population: 44 (2005)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town had originally been in Hardeman County, seven miles NE of its present site. It had been a relay station on a stage line from Wichita Falls to Mobeetie in the 1880s. Prior to the arrival of the railroad in 1887 (the Fort Worth and Denver City) the town had an inn, two saloons and a general store.

When the railroad came through, citizens moved the town across the county line to be on the rails. The new townsite was built on land owned by one John Quincy Adams, a settler. Kirkland throve. By 1890 it had a post office and all the necessary businesses to continue thriving. After a slump brought about by the "Panic" of 1893 - Kirkland had recovered by 1900.

Crone W. Furr opened a store 1905 - the beginning of what would become Furr's Cafeteria corporation.

Kirkland once called itself the "Biggest Little City in Texas," a name also used for sometime by Ozona, Texas.

In the 1920s Kirkland had a three-room school, three groceries, five filling stations, three hardware stores, and a bank.

The population was a respectable 500 prior to WWII. After the war a gradual decline set in and then school consolidation with Childress
in 1958 finished the town for good. By 1980 only one general store remained and four years later there were only 100 people left. It has declined further to the present 44 people - the estimate given on the official state map.
Childress County Texas 1940s map
1940s Childress County map showing Arlie, Loco, Carey, Tell and Kirland. Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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