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WHITEFACE, TEXAS

Cochran County, Texas Panhandle / West Texas
State Highway 114
11 Miles E of Lehman
29 Miles E of Bledsoe
14 Miles W of Levelland

45 Miles W of Lubbock
Population: 465 (2000)

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Whiteface Tx Museum
Whiteface Museum
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

Rancher C.C. Slaughter named a pasture on his huge ranch after the white faced cattle he grazed there.

The community didn’t get started until the mid 1920s when it was platted just a few miles from the present town of Pettit (in neighboring Hockley County). The town-builder was Ira DeLoach, who lured potential land buyers with a huge barbeque. Initial businesses included a hotel and grocery and the community built a school.

In 1925 with the arrival of the South Plains and Santa Fe Railway, the fledgling town moved to be alongside the tracks. The new site had been the headquarters of the J.C. Whaley ranch. Whaley donated land for the town while the railroad built a depot and provided housing for selected employees.

Whaley also was responsible for the community’s first school (also 1925). A post office opened in the final days of 1925 and three years later a hard surface road was completed – connecting Whiteface to Levelland
.

The town reached its zenith in the early 1940s with 600 residents.

After WWII a new brick high school was constructed and a few years later Girlstown, U.S.A. moved to Whiteface from its former home in Buffalo Gap, Texas.

The population declined through 1950s and 1960s, reaching 463 by 1980, increasing slightly to 512 for the 1990 census and then declining to 465 by 2000.

(See 1940s Cochran County Vintage Map)
Whiteface Tx  City Limit Sign
Whiteface City Limit
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Whiteface TX - Whiteface Museum
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Whiteface Tx Lady Lopes State Champions Sign
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1940s Cochran County map showing Whitefave
(Near Hockley County line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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