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WELLINGTON, TEXAS

Collingsworth County Seat, Texas Panhandle

34°51'17"N 100°12'49"W (34.854616, -100.213626)
Hwy 83 and 203
14 miles E of Quail
28 miles E of Hedley
26 Miles S of Shamrock
31 miles N of Childress
13 miles W of Oklahoma
Population: 2,189 (2010) 2,275 (2000) 2,456 (1990)

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Wellington Texas Water Tower
Wellington Water Tower
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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History in a Pecan Shell

The county's first resident settled the area in 1876.

When the county was organized in 1890, Wellington had a rival for county seat. Only two miles from Wellington, Pearl City was thought to be a shoe-in.

The management of the Rocking Chair Ranch urged their employees to join the Wellington camp. The strange name was in honor of the Duke of Wellington. (A distant relation of a Rocking Chair Ranch partner was present at the Battle of Waterloo.) Voters in the county were offered free town lots if they voted for Wellington. Hardly anyone was surprised when Wellington defeated Pearl City.

Wellington got a saloon (moved from Pearl City) and a post office (mail via Memphis) in the same year of 1891. The county voted dry in 1898, eliminating the saloon.

Cotton replaced cattle as the major economic influence and the town had 600 people when the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway came through in 1910.

The arrival of the Fort Worth and Denver Northern Railway occurred while the new courthouse was being constructed in 1931 and further improvements in the city's infrastructure resulted in an increased population.

Wellington, Texas Landmarks/Attraction

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
Collingsworth County Courthouse
Wellington, Texas depot
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Wellington Depots
The Fort Worth & Denver Northern Railway Depot
& The Katy RR Depot
Red River Plunge bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
The Bonnie & Clyde "Red River Plunge" Bridge
U.S. Highway 83 Through Truss Bridge
TX - Collingsworth County 1939 Salt Fork Red River Thru Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
The 1939 Salt Fork Red River Bridge
Highway 203 Through Truss Bridge
Wellington Tx Ritz Theater
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
The Ritz Theatre
Wellington Tx Closed Church
A Closed Church
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

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Wellington Tx Collapsed Gas Station
A Collapsed Gas Station
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Wellington Tx Population Sign
Wellington City Limit Sign
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Wellington Tx - Old Walgreen Sign
Old Walgreen Sign
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
A Coca-Cola ghost sign in Wellington, Texas
A Coca-Cola ghost sign in Wellington
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson

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Wellington Tx - Ghost Dr Pepper Sign
Ghost Dr Pepper Sign
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Wellington Tx - Post Office Corner Stone
Wellington Post Office Cornerstone
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Wellington Tx - Ghost Dr Pepper Sign
Dr Pepper ghost sign
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

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Wellington Tx - North Fairview Cemetery Headstone

Tombstone with angel in North Fairview Cemetery
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

Wellington Tx - North Fairview Cemetery

North Fairview Cemetery
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Collingsworth County TX - Rocking Chair Ranch historical marker
Rocking Chair "Ranche" Historical Marker
On US 83, 8 miles N of Wellington
in a park on north side of Red River
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Historical Marker:

Rocking Chair "Ranche"
(1883-1893)

Owned by Scottish Earls of Aberdeen and Tweedmouth. The headquarters were at Aberdeen (about 7 miles northeast). Starting with 14,745 cattle, the Rocking Chair made profits for a few years, then failed. In north part of county are hills bearing its name. Also, town of Wellington was given that name at wish of rocking chair owners, who had a kinsman die at Waterloo where he was aide to the Duke of Wellington.

W.E. Hughes in 1893 bought the land and added it to Mill Iron Ranch. Later the 235 sections were sold to others, to convert to farms and smaller ranches.
(1970)

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CollingsworthCnty Tx - Capt Randolph Marcy Marker
Capt. Randolph Marcy's Exploration Route Through Collingsworth County Historical Marker
On US 83, 2 miles S of Wellington
Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Historical Marker:
Capt. Randolph Marcy's Exploration Route through Collingsworth County
In 1852, Capt. R.B. Marcy led a survey expedition along the Red River to document the river's channel and related streams. The team, which included Capt. G.B. McLellan of the Corps of Engineers, entered the Texas panhandle June 10, 1852 and arrived in what is now Collingsworth County on July 7. Traveling eastward through the southern part of the county, the team identified the sources and route of the Red River. The team left Texas north of Dodson and returned to Fort Arbuckle in present Oklahoma. Their survey later proved important in settling a boundary dispute between Texas and Oklahoma.
(2006)
 Collingsworth County  Nicholson School storm cellar
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Nicholson School
About 15 miles north of Wellington on US 83
People
Bura Handley
Chances are good that those citizens of Wellington whose age is less than 60 years may sometimes wonder just what the man whose name adorns the Bura Handley Community Center was really like. Perhaps this small accounting of history will provide some answers to that question, as well as a degree of insight into the character, integrity, and sheer genius of the man whom I was privileged to call my “Dad”, while others simply referred to him as “Mister Wellington.”
Collingsworth County TX pink granite  Texas Centennial marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Collingsworth County 1936 Texas Centennial Marker
on US 83 at FM 3446
just north of the Bonnie & Clyde "Red River Plunge" Bridge
about 2 miles N of Wellington

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Wellington, Texas Nearby Towns:
Shamrock | Childress
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