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    LONGWORTH, TEXAS

    Fisher County, Panhandle / West Texas
    FM 57 at Plum Creek
    About 8 Miles SE of Roby
    NE of Sweetwater
    Population: 00065 (2000

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    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town of Longworth appeared in 1902. Its name was an adaptation of the Long Ranch which subdivided its vast holdings in 1907. The small tracts of farmland were advertised in Northern newspapers (as was the custom) and many of the buyers were Bohemian immigrants who transmigrated from Pennsylvania.

    The Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railroad arrived the same year (1907) that the ranch subdivived and may have been a factor. Gypsum deposits were discovered a few years later near Plasterco and many of Longworth’s residents found work processing the gypsum. In the mid 1920s more deposits were discovered much closer to Longworth.

    Information on the town in the Great Depression and WWII is not available but after the war Longworth was left with a respectable 200 residents and at least five businesses. As most small towns in Texas, the postwar boom did more harm to the town. It declined to just 65 residents and that number has been used through the 2000 census.

    Longworth was suggested for inclusion by Charles M. Thompson who wrote: “I was checking out [your magazine] and found that a small town in West Texas that we lived in back in the early 1930's is not listed. The name of the town was Longworth, in Fisher County. When we lived there my dad was manager of the local lumber yard. I attended school there through the third grade. There were several small businesses there along with a Santa Fe Railroad station and agent. There was also a Union church. I would guess the population was about 150 or so.”
    Fisher County TX 1907 Postal Map

    Fisher County Texas 1907 Postal Map showing Longworth
    SE of Roby
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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