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About Lipscomb County
(Lipscomb County Courthouse)
Lipscomb, the county seat of Lipscomb County, is
State Highway 305 in the central part of the county.
site in Wolf Creek Valley was deemed a cattleman's
paradise. In 1886 J.
W. Arthur, anticipating the arrival of the Panhandle and
Railway, established a combination store and post office
at the site.
Arthur named his townsite Lipscomb, after pioneer judge
Lipscomb. Frank Biggers, the county's leading developer,
town company, which sold land for three dollars an acre.
The next year, Lipscomb was elected county seat
a heated contest with the rival townsites of Dominion
and Timms City.
John Howlett operated a general store; John N. Theisen
took over the
Gilbert Hotel after its move from Dominion; H. G. Thayer
saddle and harness shop. A school district was
established for the
community. Liquor flowed freely at the Alamo Saloon
until 1908, when
the county voted to go dry.
As it turned out, the railroad routed its tracks
of the townsite. Subsequent attempts to get a railroad
line to Lipscomb
were unsuccessful, as was the attempt of local
businessmen to develop a
coal mine in 1888, after a five-inch vein was discovered
in the area.
The present courthouse was built in 1916. The
community's position as
the county seat, coupled with the success of W. E.
estate ventures, has enabled the town to survive.
By 1910 several churches, a bank, a drugstore,
various other businesses had been established there.
Lipscomb has had
two newspapers, the Panhandle Interstate and the
Limelight. Only two businesses and the post office
remained at the
community by 1980.
Nevertheless, the importance of the town as a
and ranching center, along with oil and gas explorations
vicinity, kept Lipscomb's economy alive. For most of the
century, its population level has remained fairly
was reported as 200 in 1910, 175 in 1930, 200 in 1940,
and 190 in 1980.
By 1990 it was estimated as forty-five. Though in the
Lipscomb remained the smallest town in the county, was
off the main
highways, and lacked rail facilities, it was still the
(Source: The Handbook of Texas Online)
A Poem About Lipscomb County
Written by the Lipscomb Fourth & Sixth
Grade - 1968
An Essay About Lipscomb County
Written by the Lipscomb Sixth Grade
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military personnel who have been discharged
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James R. WILSON
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Wolf Creek Heritage
courtesy of Virginia Scott
The museum collection includes the following
1. The Ranch Room display features exhibits
of J.W. Beeson and the
Great American Cattle Drive of 1995,
exhibits from the King Ranch,
Barton Bros. Ranch, Box T Ranch, 7K Ranch,
Frass Ranch, Jones and Jones
Ranch, and many others. There is a display
of various saddles, and a
barbed wire collection.
2. The prehistoric area features prehistoric
bones of mammoths and
other animals. Dee Phelps, a local retiree,
has a display of Indian
Artifacts found within 7 miles of Higgins.
Another exhibit includes two
buffalo skulls that washed up in Wolf Creek.
This display includes
other Indian artifacts found in this area
featuring the collections of
Deam Turner and Lance Bussard.
3. The Farm area features farm implements
used by early settlers such
as the early day plow, a scythe, a corn
sheller, a grinder to sharpen
knives, are shown. Photos accompany the
exhibit showing the implements
4. The Medical area exhibits the early day
Lipscomb County doctors
featuring the drug store cabinet from Dr.
Smith. A photograph and story
of housewife Lucy Owens, who with very
little training, practiced
dentistry at her home in Lipscomb during the
week. Every Saturday she
would travel to Darrouzett and administer to
people who came to the
Darrouzett barber shop for her dental
5. The Military display exhibits Uniforms
from every war and conflict
that the United States has been involved and
includes an Air Force,
Army, Navy, and Marine .A Memorial wall
featuring Medal of Lipscomb
County Veterans serve as centerpiece for the
6. The school room displays the teacher's
desk and pupil's desk for the
Lipscomb School and features photo and
equipment and instruments of
early day sports and music activities.
7. The communication area features the type
set used for the last issue
of the Lipscomb County Limelight and Follett
Times, dated 9-1-77. The
exhibit also features the Lipscomb Telephone
Exchange Switchboard and
the mailboxes from the early Lipscomb Post
8. The Pioneer Homes features articles from
early clothes, furniture,
kitchenware, radio. All items belonged to
early Lipscomb County
9. The German Heritage area features photos
of early German Weddings,
german cookbooks, and German Religious
10. The Church Exhibit features Articles and
/or photos of past and
present churches throughout Lipscomb County.
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