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SPUR, TEXAS

Dickens County, Panhandle / West Texas

3328'40"N 10051'25"W (33.477650, -100.857018)
Highway 70
11 miles S of Dickens
26 miles NW of Jayton
60 miles E of Lubbock
Population: 1,318 (2010) 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.

Spur, Texas Landmarks

Spur Tx - Spur National Bank
Spur National Bank
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Spur Tx - Closed Buildings and Facade
Downtown scene
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Spur Tx - Dickens County Museum
Dickens County Museum
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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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
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Palace Theatre, Spur Texas
Spur Texas - Palace Theater
Palace Theatre
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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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

More "Rooms with a Past"
Former gas station,  Spur Texas
Former service station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Spur TX - Old Gas Station
Jimmy Dobson Photo, June 2017
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Spur TX Dixie Dog Borden's Ice Cream Neon Sign
Dixie Dog Borden's Ice Cream Neon Sign
Jimmy Dobson Photo, June 2017
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Spur Tx Cabin with flag
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Spur Tx - Ghost Sign
Ghost Sign in Spur
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Spur Tx - Hot Iron Cafe
Hot Iron Cafe
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Spur Tx - Blue Studebaker
A rare sight - Studebaker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

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Spur Tx  - Texas Centennial Marker
Spur Tx  - Texas Centennial Marker text
Texas Centennial Marker
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Spur Tx - Spur Cemetery
Spur Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Mackenzie Trail by Clay Coppedge

"The best of what's left of the Mackenzie Trail today is probably on private property. You're near it when you're at the intersection of U.S. 277 and Texas 6 in Stamford, where a monument tells you the trail ran a little north of there. The trail also ran between Dickens and Spur, so when you're on parts of U.S. Highway 82 from Dickens to Lubbock you're probably following Mackenzie's path pretty closely." - Read full article

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