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TYE, TEXAS
AKA Tebo, Texas or Hines, Texas

Taylor County, West Texas / Texas Panhandle
Highway 84, and FM 707 -
8 Miles W of Abilene

Just N of Dyess Air Force Base
Population: 1,158 (2000)

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The town was first named Tebo by the Texas and Pacific Railroad when it built through in 1881.

Early settlers included the John J. Hinds family who had the local school named after them. A post office was granted in 1899 and took the name of the school.

In 1901 the name was changed to Tye, after postmaster John P. Tye, who also served the community as a Methodist minister. The population was still a meager 40 in the mid 1920s and it took 20 more years for it to reach 100.

During World War II, Tye field (which was once Abilene’s airport) was constructed just south of town. For the Korean War, the field was enlarged and the runway expanded and resurfaced. It was reactivated as Abilene Air Force Base in 1956 before being renamed Dyess Air Force Base. The 1960 population was 521 in 1960, 857 in 1970, and 1,088 in 1990.
Tye  Fire Department , Tye Texas
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October, 2007
School groundTye Texas
Photo courtesy Mike Price, October, 2007
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