TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Hockley County TX
Hockley County

Texas Towns
A - Z
Levelland Hotels

OPDYKE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Hockley County, Texas Panhandle

Just west of the junction of Highway 114 and FM 2646
5 Miles E of Levelland
Population: 20 (1990, 2000)

Opdyke, Texas Area Hotels › Levelland Hotels

History in a Pecan Shell

The town's name is pronounced O. P. Dike - just as you would pronouce someone's name. The someone in this case was probably Charles W. Opdyke, director of the Santa Fe Railroad. It is also suggested that the name could've been after a relative of the man (W. A. Dykes) who had built the town's first cotton gin in 1937.

Opdyke had no 19th Century history. The town got started in 1925 - and it wasn't until 1945 that they had a population of 50. All activities revolved around the gin throughout the 40s and 50s with a service station/general store to serve the needs of the citizens. By the late 50s the Farmers Co-op Gin was the town's last business.

Opdyke, Texas Forum:

  • "My family lived in Opdyke during 1958-59. My father, Jesse Lee Minchew, was the cotton gin manager during that time. We lived in a house provided on the highway not too far from the gin. My sister and I (ages 6 & 8 yr old) played in the cast off old gin machinery and huge metal conduit tubes, pretending we were on space ships. My sister and I were the first ones on the Levelland ISD school bus and the last ones off. Long bus rides! I remember fondly of those times reading comments of Opdyke. Thanks." - Leanne Minchew Crawford, January 03, 2019

  • "Just a line to say that Opdyke, Texas is 5 miles EAST (not south) of Levelland on Hwy 114 a half mile west of Fm 2646. The store/gas station was open until the mid 70's and the Opdyke Coop Gin was the last business to close.

    I have lived at or near three different ghost towns during my life. My family lived at Frankel City (Andrews County) in the Halliburton camp during the mid to late 50's. Then moved to a farm south of Draw, Texas (Lynn County) when my father started farming in 1961. Finally we moved to a farm between Levelland and Opdyke in 1964 in Hockley County. I seem to have a knack for closing small towns.

    I have enjoyed reading the stories and looking at pictures of Texas on your web site." - George Childress Jr., July 13, 2010
  • 1940s Hockley County Texas map
    1940s Texas map showing Opdyke - E of Levelland in Hockley County.
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
    Related Topics:
    Cotton & Cotton Gins

    Area Towns:
    Llevelland the county seat
    Lubbock | Littlefield | Brownfield
    See Hockley County | Texas Panhandle

    Book Hotel Here:
    Levelland Hotels | More Hotels
    Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     


    Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
    Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
    South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

    Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
    TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
    Texas Counties
    Texas Towns A-Z
    Texas Ghost Towns

    TEXAS REGIONS:
    Central Texas North
    Central Texas South
    Texas Gulf Coast
    Texas Panhandle
    Texas Hill Country
    East Texas
    South Texas
    West Texas

    Courthouses
    Jails
    Churches
    Schoolhouses
    Bridges
    Theaters
    Depots
    Rooms with a Past
    Monuments
    Statues

    Gas Stations
    Post Offices
    Museums
    Water Towers
    Grain Elevators
    Lodges
    Stores
    Banks

    Vintage Photos
    Historic Trees
    Cemeteries
    Old Neon
    Ghost Signs
    Signs
    Murals
    Gargoyles
    Pitted Dates
    Cornerstones
    Then & Now

    Columns: History/Opinion
    Texas History
    Small Town Sagas
    Black History
    WWII
    Texas Centennial
    Ghosts
    People
    Animals
    Food
    Music
    Art

    Books
    Texas Railroads

    Texas Trips
    Texas Drives
    Texas State Parks
    Texas Rivers
    Texas Lakes
    Texas Forts
    Texas Trails
    Texas Maps
    USA
    MEXICO
    HOTELS

    Site Map
    About Us
    Privacy Statement
    Disclaimer
    Contributors
    Staff
    Contact Us

     
    Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved