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ALLRED, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Yoakum County, Texas Panhandle
Just north of Highway 83
70 Miles SW of Lubbock

Population: 125 est.

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Allred Texas coming
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
History in a Pecan Shell

The town is believed to have been named to honor Governor James Allred. Allred (the town) got off to a late start. Walter E. Young and M. A. Shields are credited with founding the 40-acre townsite in 1937, soon after oil was discovered in the vicinity. A water well was dug and construction of buildings began in January of 1938.

The first lot was sold in February and the post office opened in May of '38. Being the Depression and knowing what had happened to other boom towns, city fathers quickly acquired 120 additional acres to accommodate a population estimated to eventually reach 3,000.

Walter Young sold his interest in the townsite to one Pat Malone in January of 1939; under Malone's leadership, the light plant was enlarged and a telephone system was installed. Allred reached a population of 1,200 in 1939, making it the largest town in the county. Allred got it's first newspaper - the Allred Times on May 25, 1939. Publisher Roy Royal published one issue of the newspaper and it folded for reasons not known. By 1940 the population of Allred started a decline without coming near the projected 3,000. After WWII it was down to only 750 residents.

During the school consolidations, Allred's school district merged with that of Sligo. The Allred school was later put to use as a community building.

In the late 50s there were only five households left and the Yoakum County Gas Company cut off their service - saying that it wasn't worth the cost of supplying them. In 1957 church, post office, and grocery closed and the last time it was recorded (1964) Allred's population was 50.

Photographer's Note:
This is Allred. Honest. I drove around looking for something to take a picture of besides houses. - Barclay Gibson
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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
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