Panhandle / West
33°28'40"N 100°51'25"W (33.477650, -100.857018)
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)
Spur, Texas Area Hotels >
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
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.
| "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
with a Past"
|Dixie Dog Borden's
Ice Cream Neon Sign
Dobson Photo, June 2017
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
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