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    OLTON, TEXAS

    Lamb County, Texas Panhandle/ West Texas
    Highway 70 and FM 168
    20 Miles NE of Littlefield
    About 25 Miles W of Plainview

    Population: 2,288 (2000) 2,116 (1990)

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    Olton Tx Mill
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Olton 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 Olton)

    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.

    Olton, Texas Landmarks

    Olton Texas-  Roxy Theatre
    Roxy Theatre, Olton Bright Spot
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
    Olton Tx Roxy Theatre Ticket Booth
    Roxy Theatre Ticket Booth
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Olton Tx Church
    Olton Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Olton Tx Gin
    Cotton Gin
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Olton Tx Gin Husk Burner
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Olton Tx Cotton Gin Scale House
    Scale House
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Olton Tx Cotton Gin Scale House and Mill
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Former Lamb County Courthouse, Olton, Texas
    The 1922 Lamb County Courthouse in Olton. Torn down in 1964.
    1939 photo courtesy of TXDoT
    Lamb County Courthouse historical marker, Olton Texas
    Lamb County Courthouse historical marker, which sits on the corner of the empty lot where the 1908 and the 1922 courthouses once stood.

    Photo Courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007
    Photographer's Note:
    "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
    Olton Texas historical marker
    Photo Courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007
    Olton Texas former courthouse ground
    Photo Courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2007
    Olton Tx Home of Racing Hall of Famer Carl Nafzger
    Welcome to Olton
    Home of Racing Hall of Famer Carl Nafzger

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Olton Tx Road Sign
    Olton City Limit Pop 2288
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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