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
1889: Town renamed White Deer
1890s: British shareholders
begin selling land for small farms and ranches to settlers.
moves to be closer to the railroad
1909: Polish farmers transmigrate from Central Texas
1926: Peak of oil boom
1928: Population peaks
at nearly 3,000
1931: Fire causes severe damage and the town suffers
1947 and 1951
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.
Drive Around White Deer, Texas
Deer Merrell Building|
Photos courtesy Barclay
Gibson, December 2008
Deer street scene |
1910s-1920s photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com