a Pecan Shell
was the first town in Lamb county and as such became the first county seat when
the county was organized in 1908.
Initial settlement occured around 1900
on a piece of state land. The C. C. Slaughter ranch occupied most of surrunding
property. Three miles from the present town, one A. B. Powell opened a store and
post office in 1903. The name is said to come from Mr. Powell's son or a preacher.
After several changes in location, the the post office settled at the home of
T. F. Brown on the old Slaughter ranch. The 1910 population was 75 which increased
to 300 by 1930 and 782 in 1940.
Throughout the short history of Lamb County,
nearby Littlefield was vying for the title
of county seat. Elections were held in 1929, 1932, 1937 and 1946, when Littlefield
finally won. (See First Lamb County Courthouse
In spite of the setback which has historically sent other towns
into oblivion, Olton surprised everyone with growth. By 1960 the town had nearly
2,000 people. In 1970 there were 78 businesses servicing the needs of 1,782 and
the last figure available was the 2000 census figure of 2,288.
1922 Lamb County Courthouse in Olton. Torn down in 1964.|
1939 photo courtesy of TXDoT
County Courthouse historical marker, which sits on the corner of the empty lot
where the 1908 and the 1922 courthouses once stood. |
Jeanson, February 2007
"The city secretary at the Olton City Hall confirmed what I had
read in "Wanted : Historic County Jails of Texas" by Edward A. Blackburn,
Jr. The 1922 courthouse was remodeled in 1949 and served as a hospital. It was
torn down in 1964." - Terry
Jeanson , March 11, 2007
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