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Scurry County


Scurry County Seat, Texas Panhandle / West Texas

32 42' 56"N, 100 54' 52" W (32.715556, -100.914444)
State Hwy 350, US 180, and 84
32 miles E of Gail
49 miles NE of Big Spring
80 miles NW of Abilene
87 miles SE of Lubbock
Population: 11,260 (2010) 10,783 (2000)

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Snyder, Texas Topics

  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • Snyder, Texas Landmarks / Attractions
    Courthouse, jail, school, depot, calaboose, graveyard, theatres...
  • Snyder Chronicles - White Buffalo & Other Stories
  • Snyder Old Photos
  • Scurry County - Towns & Ghost Towns > next page
  • Snyder Tx - White Buffalo
    The White Buffalo Statue in front of Scurry County Courthouse
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    History in a Pecan Shell

    The county was named after Confederate General Wm. Scurry. William Henry Snyder was an early merchant/ buffalo hunter who operated a trading post.
    : Wm. H. "Pete" Snyder, former Pennsylvanian, opens trading post on Deep Creek.
    1882: Mr. Snyder plans the future town of Snyder and first school opens
    1884: County becomes organized and Snyder becomes county seat
    1892: Snyder has two newspapers as well as two banks, and two churches.
    1908: The Altururian Woman's Club is formed
    1910: Population reaches 2,500 - a significant number for West Texas
    1911: Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad comes to Snyder.
    1931: First State Bank Closes due to The Great Depression
    1948: Oil is discovered and Snyder is overwhelmed when it's population triples in one year
    1950: The Snyder Daily News becomes the first daily newspaper published.
    1964: The Diamond M Museum Opens - regarded as one of Texas' best art collections
    1968: Due to the efforts of community leaders Snyder is chosen as one of only 11 "All American Cities"
    1971: Western Texas College is opened

    Snyder, Texas Landmarks / Attractions

    1972 remodeled Scurry County Courthouse front, Snyder, Texas
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, August, 2006
    The Scurry County Courthouse

    Scurry County Jail of 1912
    Scurry County Museum - On the campus of Western Texas College
    Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific  Depot in Snyder, TExas
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
    Roscoe, Snyder & Pacific Railroad Depot and Engine No.5
    Santa Fe depot - located several blocks NW of the RS&P depot
    Snyder Tx - Dermott School
    Dermott School
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Snyder Tx - Old Snyder Graveyard
    Old Snyder Graveyard on Avenue E and 26th Street
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Historical Marker:

    Old Snyder Graveyard

    Formerly state land until common usage established it as a cemetery in 1880's. Legend says first burial was an Indian. Early-day transients were often buried in unmarked graves. Tract closed to further burials, 1902. Many bodies have been moved elsewhere. Only 14 graves are now identified.


    Snyder Tx - Hermleigh Calaboose
    Hermleigh Calaboose
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009

    Historical Marker (US 180 near 34th Street)

    Former Calaboose

    Prior to 1920s held rowdies arrested by town constable. After paved roads made the county jail accessible, this structure was moved and sold. Later, to obtain storage space, the D. R. Layman family swapped a cow for the former Hermleigh Calaboose.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1972

    Snyder Tx - J.C. Cornelius House Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
    1883 Confederate Veteran & Pioneer Doctor J.C. Cornelius House
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Snyder Tx - J.C. Cornelius House Historical Marker
    J.C. Cornelius House Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Sinclair gas station, Snyder, Texas
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 3-03
    The Restored Sinclair Station
    "Built like a small triangle. Can't be 15' on its longest side. I remember seeing it in the 1950's on our way to Coleman"
    - Barclay Gibson
    Snyder Tx - Faught Building
    Faught Building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Snyder Tx - Survivor of 2003 Fire
    Survivor of 2003 Fire
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Ritz Theatre in Snyder, Texas
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Snyder was used as a backdrop for a movie starring George Strait in 2001. The recently restored Ritz Theater gets some much-deserved attention.
    Snyder Tx Old Theater
    Another old theatre in Snyder
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Snyder Tx Downtown Corner Building
    Snyder Corner Building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Snyder Tx - Magnolia Horse
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Snyder Tx - Magnolia Horse
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Snyder Chronicles
  • White Buffalo by Mike Cox
    While buffalo no longer roam the prairie, a life-sized statute commemorating that white buffalo stands in the Scurry County courthouse square. Beneath it is a historical marker about J. Wright Mooar, the man who brought the white beast down.
  • Fire on the Snyder Town Square, February 2003
  • Brewster Hudspeth's Faintly Blurred Memory of Snyder
    Mr. Hudspeth's comments do not reflect the actual history of Snyder and students are advised to consult the "History in a Pecan Shell" above.

  • Powers Boothe by Maggie Van Ostrand
    Powers Boothe was born in Snyder on June 1st, 1948 to Merrill Vestal Boothe and Emily Kathryn Reeves. He attended Texas State University, San Marcos (then Southwest Texas State) where he was a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and received his Master of Fine Arts from Southern Methodist University.
    Powers Boothe has long been one of America's finest actors in two major categories, character and leading man... more
  • The Life of Riley by Mike Cox
  • T. J. Faught - April 22, 1847-August 2, 1912
    Historical Marker in Snyder Cemetery:
    "Settled in 1879 as a rancher in northeast Scurry County. In 1884, six months after county organization, the first sheriff resigned in disgust. Faught was appointed, serving remainder of that term plus three more. As sheriff, he never wore a gun. Faught was also a leading citizen of Snyder. He built a hall for the Masonic Lodge, of which he was a charter member. Faught Street (now 27th Street) was named in his honor."
  • Snyder, Texas Old Photos
    Texas general store vintage photo
    William Manery and Store at 23 Street
    Manery was the proprietor of several businesses,
    and a part of Snyder is named after him.

    Photo c1906 courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
    High School, Snyder, Texas
    High School in Snyder, 1900s
    Courtesy texasoldphotos.com
    Snyder street birds eye view
    Early 1900s Snyder street scene
    Courtesy texasoldphotos.com
    Town Square, Snyder, Texas old post card
    West Side Square, Snyder, Texas
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

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