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WHITE DEER, TEXAS

Carson County, Texas Panhandle
Highway 60
15 miles SW of Pampa
12 miles NE of Panhandle
36 miles NE of Amarillo

Population: 1,125 (1990)

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White Deer Tx Sacred Heart Catholic Church
White Deer Sacred Heart Catholic Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally named Paton, the town was renamed after the creek which was named after an albino deer - reportedly seen by an Indian sometime before the arrival of settlers.

A Timeline of significant events in White Deer history:

An English ranching company started operations in the early 1880s.
1887: the Southern Kansas Railway of Texas arrives - Hqs for the Diamond F Ranch constructed
1888: Depot built, post office granted
1889: Town renamed White Deer
1890s: British shareholders begin selling land for small farms and ranches to settlers.
1908: Town moves to be closer to the railroad
1909: Polish farmers transmigrate from Central Texas
1919: Oil is discovered
1926: Peak of oil boom
1928: Population peaks at nearly 3,000
1931: Fire causes severe damage and the town suffers tornadoes in
1947 and 1951

Like Snyder, Texas' statue of an albino buffalo, and Muleshoe's statue of a (non-albino) mule, White Deer has a city mascot of a white deer.

A Drive Around White Deer, Texas

Statue - White Deer Texas mascot
White Deer mascot
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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White Deer Tx Merrell Building
White Deer Tx Merrell Building  details
White Deer Merrell Building
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White Deer Motor Co Building
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White Deer Polish Settlers, Texas historical marker
White Deer Polish Settlers historical marker
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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White Deer Tx Grain Elevators
White Deer Tx Grain Elevators
White Deer Grain Elevators
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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White Deer Grade School, Texas

White Deer Grade School
1930 photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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White Deer, Texas street scene
White Deer street scene
1910s-1920s photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
White Deer Texas Jackson General Store historical
White Deer Jackson General Store historical marker
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