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KNOX CITY, TEXAS

Knox County, Texas Panhandle/North Central Texas
Highways 6, 22, and Farm Road 143
12 Miles S of Benjamin
12 Miles W of Munday
35 Miles W of Seymour
78 Miles N of Abilene
Population 1,396 (2000)

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Knox City Tx Mural of US Flags and Cowboys
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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History in a Pecan Shell

Originally the town was named Orient, Texas for the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway railroad which was advancing across Knox Prairie. The town was built prior to the railroad’s arrival which occurred in 1906.

Businesses opened, and schools and churches soon appeared. The town was electrified in 1916 with other utilities being set in place in the 1920s. Several large fires caused substantial damage in the years 1911 and 1919.

The 1920s and 1930s were relatively uneventful decades, but in 1953 a tornado struck the town, killing four and damaging buildings and homes (including the hospital). From a 1940 population of 1,127 in 1940, the town has more or less retained its population over the years, reaching a high of 1,805 in 1960, but never exceeding 2,000.

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Knox City, Texas cotton Gin
Cotton Gin in Knox City
Postcard courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection
Knox City, Texas cotton yard
Knox City cotton yard. The first cotton gin was operating in 1905.
Postcard courtesy Will Beauchamp Collection
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A Drive Around Knox City, Texas

Photographer's Note:
Knox City is a very nice Texas Panhandle town. The downtown, welcome signs and displays around town make you feel right at home. It is a photographer's delight. - Barclay Gibson, January 2009
Knox City TX city hall
Knox City City Hall
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Mural of brands and cowboys, Knox City Tx
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Green tractor with golfing silhouette, Knox City TX
Tractor Display - Golfing
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Longhorn tractor, Knox City TX
Tractor Display - Longhorn
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Red, White and Blue with star,  Knox City TX
Tractor Display - Red, White and Blue
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Tractor display in Knox City TX
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Welcome sign,  Knox City TX, Home of Greyhounds
Welcome to Knox City - Home of the Greyhounds
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Knox City Cemetery, Knox City TX
Knox City Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Knox County, Texas Through Truss Bridge

North of Knox City. This 755' bridge was constructed in 1939 over the Brazos River. - Barclay Gibson, January 2009
Knox County TX 1939 Thru Truss Bridge over Brazos River
Knox County TX 1939 Thru Truss Bridge
Thru Truss Bridge over Brazos River, Knox County TX
Crossing the Brazos River
Knox County TX bridge, TX state highway Dept 1938 Contractor Oran Speer
Knox County TX 1939 Through Truss Bridge over Brazos River
The Brazos River Through Truss Bridge in Knox County, Texas
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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