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LANDERGIN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Oldham County, Texas Panhandle
Between Adrian and Vega
West of Amarillo
Not shown on TxDoT maps

Population: Unknown

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Landergin Texas - Cafe
Photo Courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
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History in a Pecan Shell

The town was founded in 1906 by John and Pat Landergin, sons of Irish immigrants who immigrated to the US because of the Irish potato famine of the 1840s. The brothers were born in New York and later moved to Indian Territory in the 1870s. They raised longhorn cattle along the Red River and once drove 1,040 head of cattle over the Chisholm Trail to Kansas where they settled briefly - making a fortune by shipping cattle to England.

The brothers leased land in the Texas Panhandle to raise more cattle and in 1908 with the arrival of the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway, the town of Landergin, was established - and subsequently Vega, Texas where John Landergin opened the First State Bank there. They bought part of the XIT ranch and invested in other land in Oldham and Deaf Smith Counties as well as New Mexico and Arizona. In 1912 they moved to Amarillo and built a mansion on Polk Street. John died in 1923 and his brother in 1929. Their company floundered after the death of John and the ranch holdings were finally liquidated after WWII - sold at auction to farmers and smaller ranchers.

In 1936 Landergin's population was a mere 15 - and in the 1980s only two businesses were in operation.
Landergin Texas grain elevators
Landergin grain elevators
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2006
Oldham County Texas 1940s map

1940s Oldham County map showing Vega and Adrian
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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