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    SOUTHLAND, TEXAS

    Garza County, Texas Panhandle
    U.S. Highway 84
    2 Miles from the Eastern Escarpment of the Caprock
    20 Miles NW of Post
    12 Miles SE of Slaton
    22 Miles SE of Lubbock

    Population: 00157 (2000)

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    Southland TX - Southland Hotel
    Southland Hotel
    Photo courtesy Jim Spikes

    History in a Pecan Shell

    Rancher Andrew Briggs (Sug) Robertson named the town for it being (originally) the southern part of the V Ranch. Other large ranches were nearby and when Garza County was organized in 1907, Southland became the trading center for the ranches. Three years later the Pecos and Northern Railroad arrived and built a depot – assuring prosperity.

    The community was granted a post office in 1911 and with the money invested by cereal magnate Charles Post, the region’s future looked good. That was before the Great Depression, which hit the area with a blow from which it never recovered.

    The 1940 census counted 280 residents in Southland, serviced by eleven businesses. Twenty years later the population was down to 153 and the 2000 census slowed nearly the same (157).

    "Southland, was originally called Bresford, and received its post office on July 14,1905 with Job Davies as postmaster. Later the name was changed from Bresford to Southland on July 15,1910. This information comes from Jim Wheat's Post Masters and Post Offices of Texas." - Holly Hilpert, December 05, 2011


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    Photographer's Note:
    "Southland
    - interesting place... Odd that Hardware Store y Cafe on US84 failed... No retail, but with Lubbock and Slaton so close - no need..." - Rick Vanderpool

     Southland TX Church
    A Southland Church
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010
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    School Relic
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    Southland TX - Quaint Residence
    A Quaint Southland Residence
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    Southland TX - Southland Hardware N Cafe
    Southland Hardware and Cafe
    Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, 2010

    Southland, Texas Forum

    Job Davies, Southland Texas first postmaster
    "The first post master and one of the first four county commissioners appointed by the governor was named Job Davies. He was my great grandfather. Thank you." - Jim Spikes, January 06, 2013
    Garza County TX 1907 Postal Map
    1907 Garza County postal map showing Southland as Bresford, and three forgotten Garza County towns: Verbena, Litwalton & Justiceburg (as Leforest)
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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