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    CHILLICOTHE, TEXAS

    aka "Iris Village"
    Hardeman County, Texas Panhandle, North Central Texas
    Highways 287, 91, and FM 2006
    15 miles E of Quanah
    15 miles W of Vernon
    Population: 798 (2000)

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    Texas Chillicothe Grain Processing
    Hwy 287 in Chilicothe, Texas
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town was named by A. E. Jones for his previous home in Missouri. Begun in the 1880s, a post office was granted in 1883. Things really started jumping when the railroad (the Fort Worth and Denver City) built through the county in 1887. The town had been on the north side of the railroad tracks, but after a devestating fire, the rebuilding was done on the south side.

    The town had grain elevators constructed in 1892-93, and Chillicothe incorporated in 1907 with a population of 800. A second railroad arrived in 1908 (the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway) and Chillicothe's future seemed bright.

    The town reached its high-water mark in 1950 with over 1,400 Iris Villagers living there. The population decreased slowly - but was still over 1,000 in 1980. In 1990 the population had dropped to just over 800.

    Chillicothe Mural

    Chillicothe Texas Mural
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    Chillicothe Mural - A 40 x 12 mural on the side of a building adjacent to the Downtown Memorial Park expansion project.
    Artists: Teresa Byrd, Marcia Haynes and Jeanne Moffett.
    Completion date; July 1, 2006.

    "The mural depicts some of the history of Chillicothe and includes Medicine Mounds, the Santa Fe Doodlebug, Ft. Worth & Denver Zephyr, grain elevators, Wanderers Creek, ranching, oil and the school mascot (the Eagle) holding the banner. The First United Methodist Church built in 1916 is in the center." - Teresa Byrd, July 07, 2006

    First United Methodist Church in Chillicothe

    Chillicothe Texas First United Methodist Church
    First United Methodist Church built in 1916
    Photo courtesy Katherine Heilhecker Nixon
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    The Former City Jail in Chillicothe
    Chillicothe Texas former city jail

    The former city jail.
    Photo Courtesy Teresa Byrd, July 2006

    Chillicothe Texas jail window detail
    Jail detail.
    Photo Courtesy Teresa Byrd, July 2006
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    The Chillicothe Fire Department's Ghost Sign
    Chillicother Texas Fire Department

     

    The area in the red rectangle (far right just below the middle of photo) is a relic from the buildings previous incarnation as a smithy or livery stable.

    Chillicothe livery stable ghost sign

    Detail of the sign: "Buggies, wagons and repair."
    Photos courtesy Teresa Byrd, July 2006
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    More Chillicothe Images - Past and Present
    Farmers Union Gin Plant, Chilicothe, Texas old photo
    Farmers Union Gin Plant in Chillicothe
    Postcard courtesy William Beauchamp
    Texas Chillicothe Grain Bins Processing
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
    Texas Chillicothe Grain Bins Sunset
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
    Texas Chillicothe Grain Stacks
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
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    Texas Chillicothe Scale House Side
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
    Texas Chillicothe Scale House Front
    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
    Photographer's Note:
    Hwy 287 in Chilicothe, Texas.

    I found this site of old grain tanks pretty interesting. I plan on stopping next time I go through there. That town has LOTS of very old buildings! Even seen some tucked away ones. - Stephen Michaels, December 13, 2007
    Chillicothe Texas Fall Pumpkin
    Pumpkin
    Photo courtesy Katherine Heilhecker Nixon
    Chillicothe Texas water tower
    Chillicothe's water tower
    Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, July 2006
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    Medicine Mound Texas old gas station
    Photo courtesy Randy Hinsley, February 2011
    Medicine Mound, Texas
    A ghost town 9 miles SW of Chillicothe on FM 91
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    Chillicothe Irises in San Francisco

    Subject: Chillicothe
    Just wanted to say thank you for the info on Chillicothe; my father grew up there. The Methodist Church is where my grandmother and grandfather met, married, and were both eulogized upon their passing. When I bought my home in California, I obtained some Iris bulbs from my Father who took a handful when they sold the house there. That Iris Village is alive and well in San Francisco and my children think the violet ones are the most beautiful flowers they have ever seen (and they are). Thanks again, Bruce Derr, son of Walker Derr, son of E.L Derr, Sr., January 18, 2008
    Chillicothe, Texas Nearby Destinations:
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