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STAMFORD, TEXAS

Jones County/ Haskell County, Texas Panhandle/North Central Texas
Highways 277, and 6, FM 1420 and FM 2834
15 Miles S of Haskell
17 Miles N of Anson
40 Miles N of Abilene
Population: 3,636 (2000)

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Stamford Texas Swenson Avenue
Main street (Swenson Avenue) buildings in Stamford.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

A Texas Central Railroad executive named the town after hometown in Connecticut. The town dates from 1899 when a railroad boxcar was put on a siding and served as the community’s first post office. In 10 short years the town swelled to almost 4,000 people.

Stamford’s importance was cemented in place by a flour mill that was in operation from 1906 until it burned in the mid 1940s.

Stamford had a railroad roundhouse and shops as well as a cottonseed oil refinery, brick yards and a foundry.

In 1907 the Methodist church opened the Stamford Collegiate Institution (which later became Stamford College). After a fire in 1918 and decreased enrollment due to WWI, the college closed in 1920 as McMurry College was opening in Abilene.

During WWII a private school for military pilots opened at Arledge Field. The town has been hosting The Texas Cowboy Reunion every 4th of July since 1930.

Rodeos are held just west of town adjacent to the Swenson Ranch. The Cowboy Country Museum was founded in the 1970s.

The population of Stamford has remained over 4,000 from the 40s through the 80s when it entered a slight decline. It fell to 3,817 for 1990 and then to 3,636 for the 2000 census.
 
Stamford City Hall Texas
Stamford City Hall
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
St. John's Methodist Church, Stamford Texas
The St. John's Methodist Church, built in 1910, has a one-hundred foot tower and was, for many years, the tallest church between El Paso and Dallas.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
Another view of the St. John's Methodist Church in Stamford
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2004
First Baptist Church Stamford Texas
The First Baptist Church on Swenson Avenue was built between 1908 and 1909.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
Fairview Church near Stamford Tx
Fairview Church near Stamford
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, September 2007
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Stamford Texas post office.
The center of the city square is occupied by the Stamford post office.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
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Carnegie Library in Stamford Texas
The 1910 Carnegie Library in Stamford.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
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Swenson Land and Cattle Company, Stamford Texas
The Swenson Land and Cattle Company established its headquarters in Stamford in 1927.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
Coca-Cola ghost sign Stamford Texas
Old Coca-Cola ghost sign on Swenson Avenue in the aptly named Coca-Cola Park.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
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Stamford TX Grand Theatre
The Grand Theater on the city square.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
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Stamford TX main street
More Stamford main street scene
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007

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