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    RANSOM CANYON, TEXAS

    Lubbock County, Panhandle / West Texas
    Off of FM 3523
    12-18 Miles E of Lubbock

    Population: 1,011 (2000)

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    Lake Ransom Canyon TX
    Lake Ransom Canyon
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
    Near Buffalo Springs Lake In Yellow House Canyon
    On the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town was developed in the second half of the 20th Century.

    It incorporated in 1977. The original name of the development had been Lake Ransom Canyon until 1984 when it dropped the word “lake.” From a 1980 census count of 561, the development has increased to just over 1,000 for the 2000 census.

    See Ransom Canyon Historical Marker
    Lubbock Texas - Steel House in Ransom Canyon

    Photo courtesy www.robertbruno.com

    Steel House in Ransom Canyon

    Ransome Canyon Attraction:
    Steel House by Byrone Brown
    Sculptor and architect Robert Bruno has bequeathed to us his Steel House, sometimes referred to as “The Metal Mansion”, just outside of Lubbock in Ransom Canyon...
    Ransom Canyon TX Historical Marker
    Ransom Canyon Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
    Historical Marker Text
    Ransom Canyon
    Spanish explorers crossed this canyon, part of the larger Yellow House Canyon, perhaps as early as the 1540s. Jumano, Apache, and Comanche Indians camped here to take advantage of the canyon's protective walls, fresh water springs, trees, and abundant game.

    In the late 1700s New Mexican traders known as Comancheros began to exchange agricultural and craft products of their villages for buffalo hides, horses, and other items of the Plains Indians along a trade route which passed through this canyon. In the 1800s a number of captives were brought here by Comanche Indians and sold to Comancheros. The Comanchero practice of demanding ransom for their release gave rise to the canyon's name. By the 1870s mostly buffalo hunters and ranchers occupied the area.

    In 1884 the Western Land and Livestock Company bought most of the land in the canyon area and operated the famous IOA Ranch. The IOA Ranch venture failed and in 1901 the canyon became the site of the O6 Ranch. From 1915 until 1961 Ransom Canyon was part of a large ranch owned by the Johnston Family. In 1961 investors purchased the canyon area and in 1965 platted Lake Ransom Canyon Village. The village was incorporated in 1978.

    1994

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