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    SPUR, TEXAS

    Dickens County, Panhandle / West Texas
    Highway 70
    11 miles S of Dickens
    26 miles NW of Jayton
    60 miles E of Lubbock

    Population: 1,088 (2000) 1,300 (1990)

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    Spur Tx - Spur National Bank
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

    A Drive Around Spur, Texas

    Photographer's Note:
    There is more to Spur than meets the eye. Even its abandoned buildings are stately. The collapsed roofs have been removed and the trash cleaned out from inside. The shells still stand in their elegance of the past. Very interesting. - Barclay Gibson

    History in a Pecan Shell


    The name is from the Spur Ranch, which was bought and broken up in 1907 - shortly before the Burlington Railroad had proposed a railway line from Stamford. The manager of the Spur interests (the town's name had already been chosen) convinced the railroad it needed to go through what would become Spur. The railroad was convinced and on November 1, 1909 - the town opened as the railroad pulled in.

    The Spur Inn housed visitors to the town and the first newspaper, The Texas Spur gave them something to read. The school was started in 1909 as well, but the town didn't incorporate until 1911.

    Spur had 47 businesses in 1980 which is considerably less than the 110 reported in 1940. Texas A&M University operates an agricultural experimental station at Spur. It is the largest town in the county - eclipsing the county seat of Dickens with it's population of 300.

    A Drive Around Spur

    Spur Tx - Spur National Bank
    Spur National Bank | More Texas Banks
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx - Closed Buildings and Facade
    Downtown scene
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx - Dickens County Museum
    Dickens County Museum | See Texas Museums
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx - Dickens County Museum Murals
    Spur Tx - Dickens County Museum Murals
    Museum murals
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx downtown building with mural
    More downtown scene
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx - Mural of Buildings
    Downtown mural of buildings
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx - Painted Wall Mural of Locomotive
    Locomotive
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx - Painted Wall Mural of Carriage
    Carriage
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    More Texas Murals
    Palace Theatre, Spur Texas
    Spur Texas - Palace Theater
    Palace Theatre | More Texas Theatres
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx - Closed Hotel
    A Closed Hotel
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    "The hotel was owned and run by my grandparents. My grandfather was Dr. R. L Alexander. He was the country doctor for all of that area. One of his son's, Dr. Bob Alexander also practiced in Spur for many years until his death. In all, the Alexanders had 8 children. 7 boys and 1 girl. Three of the sons were physicians. One son was the postmaster in nearby Jayton. Dr. Alexander's clinic was located directly across the street from the hotel. Just thought you might be interested in a little background of the building and Spur." - Mike Alexander

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    Former gas station,  Spur Texas
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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx Cabin with flag
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    Spur Tx - Ghost Sign
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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx - Hot Iron Cafe
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    Spur Tx - Blue Studebaker
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    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx  - Texas Centennial Marker
    Spur Tx  - Texas Centennial Marker text
    Texas Centennial Marker | See Texas Centennial
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Spur Tx - Spur Cemetery
    Spur Cemetery | See Texas Cemeteries
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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