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GORDON, TEXAS

Palo Pinto County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
Highway 193 and FM 919
3.3 miles E of Mingus
20 miles SW of Mineral Wells
30 miles NE of Eastland
60 miles W of Fort Worth

Population: 451 (2000)

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Downtown Gordon, Texas
Downtown Gordon
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

Named for Texas and Pacific Railroad engineer H. L. Gordon, in 1880, the town got off to a good start by inheriting the population of nearby Hampton, Texas when that town was bypassed. A post office was granted in 1883.

In January of 1887 a train robbery netted Rube Burrow over $4000 from the railway express car. By 1926 Gordon was thriving with a population estimated at 650. As Thurber declined, Gordon prospered. By 1940 the population was just over 500. It reached a low in the late 1960s of 358 but increased to 465 in 1990.

Delightful Detour by Billy B. Smith
"The sixteen-mile delightful detour [through Gordon, Mingus and Strawn] reminds me that there once was another America, a wistful place full of pleasant and pensive scenery...
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Gordon Texas ghost sign
Ghost sign

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006
Gordon Texas post office
Post Office in Gordon

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Downtown Gordon, Texas
Another view of Downtown Gordon

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006
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