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ACME, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Hardeman County, Texas Panhandle
Highway 287
4 Miles W of Quanah
25 Mile SE of Childress

Population: 14 (2000)

Acme Area Hotels - Childress Hotels | Quanah Hotels

Acme TX Bridge circa 1908
Acme, Texas Bridge
Postcard circa 1908 courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection
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History in a Pecan Shell

Kansas gypsum-processor James Sickler discovered a huge deposit of gypsum here in 1890 and decided to exploit it. Sickler went into partnership and reestablished his Kansas operations here.

Known as the Lone Star Cement Plaster Company, it was the business that created the town of Acme.

Other Kansas gypsum companies arrived and by 1898 the town had its own post office. Two railroads made a connection to Acme - the Fort Worth and Denver City and the Quanah, Acme, and Pacific.

By the early 1900s Acme had a school, store, hotel and depot. As the gypsum was excavated, prehistoric mastodon fossils were discovered.

Little information was to come from Acme through the teens, 20s and 30s. The population reached 400 in 1945 and in time the plant became one of the largest U.S. companies.

A plant closure in the 1960s created a severe decline and since the plant was virtually the only source of work, by 1975 there were only 14 people reported living there.

Since the 1980s, the Georgia Pacific Corporation has manufactured sheetrock at the site.

A few scattered buildings remained, but in the late 1990s, many of the old ruins were bulldozed little is left today other than the sheetrock plant. The name Acme could only be seen on the side of the railroad bridge as part of the name of the railroad.

Acme Area Destinations:
Quanah | Quanah Hotels
Childress | Childress Hotels
Vernon | Vernon Hotels


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