History in a
been a while since Pyron has been on the map. In fact a view of the current TxDoT
Scurry County map doesn't even show Pyron.
Scurry County has several
place names with real frontier flavor (except for Fluvanna).
There's Wildcat and Hell Roaring Draw, and Hudd - four letters that just appear
out of nowhere and don't seem to indicate a watercourse, town or geological feature.
A man named
Bob Pyron settled on Buffalo Creek in the late 1880s and the community was named
There was a school and post office by 1900 and since they didn't
yet have a church, services were held in the school. The population was 10 in
Like hundreds of towns, Pyron moved to be near the newly laid
railroad tracks of the Santa Fe. When
highway 84 bypassed the town, the residents just vacated the area rather than
move the town again.
a major statewide school consolidation closed the Pyron school and children were
bussed to nearby Hermleigh or
Townsite .5 miles South)
a thriving community. Named for Bob Pyron, a rancher who settled on nearby Buffalo
Creek before 1890. School was first held in his cellar.
In 1900 town was
founded and in 1910 citizens moved 4 miles southeast to be on Santa Fe Railroad.
Pyron grew to include 2-story hotel, Odd Fellows Hall, stores, and a cotton gin.
But it declined after a major highway bypassed this site. Post office closed 1952
and today only the railroad crossing sign and a few houses remain. Old settlers
gather yearly at cemetery to exchange reminiscences.
Scurry County Map showing Pyron (SE of Snyder
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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