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    SHALLOWATER, TEXAS

    Lubbock County, Texas Panhandle / West Texas
    State Highway 84
    12 Miles NW of Lubbock
    Population: 1,708 (2000)

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    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Around 1909 J. C. (Jim) Bowles and partner Bob Crump formed a townsite company, hoping to lure a railroad. Land was bought and a school was built. A railroad (the Santa Fe) did get interested – after a bonus was paid to them by George Littlefield, of the famed Yellow House Ranch.

    To lure settlers, the townsite company named the town Shallowater. It wasn’t until June of 1913 when the railroad was completed and Shallowater declared itself officially founded.

    Ranching in the area was declining and farmers were moving in. Cotton took the place of cattle. Shallowater was thriving in the 1920s with new businesses blossoming every month. Gas stations, blacksmiths, hotels, drugstores and barbers flourished.

    A park was built as well as a public well.

    In the early 1920s, the railroad designation for its depot at Shallowater had been Pacita.

    By 1928 the population had increased to 250 residents – a respectable figure for that time. The town weathered the Great Depression and the rural exodus of the post war period. First population figures after WWII showed just over 1,000 residents in 1960 and 1,339 ten years later.

    By the late 1980s, the population was just over 2,000, declining to 1,708 for the 1990 census – the same number used for 2000.
    Shallowater TX Flyer
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
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    Freight train near Shallowater
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    1940s Lubbock County map showing Shallowater
    (Near Hockley County line)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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