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About Lipscomb County
(Lipscomb County Courthouse)
Lipscomb, the county seat of Lipscomb County, is
on State Highway 305 in the central part of the county.
Originally its site in Wolf Creek Valley was deemed a
cattleman's paradise. In 1886 J. W. Arthur, anticipating
the arrival of the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway,
established a combination store and post office at the
site. Arthur named his townsite Lipscomb, after pioneer
judge Abner Smith Lipscomb. Frank Biggers, the county's
leading developer, organized the town company, which
sold land for three dollars an acre.
The next year, Lipscomb was elected county seat
after 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 managed a 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
south 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. Merydith's real estate ventures,
has enabled the town to survive.
By 1910 several churches, a bank, a drugstore,
and various other businesses had been established there.
Lipscomb has had two newspapers, the Panhandle
Interstate and the Lipscomb County Limelight. Only two
businesses and the post office remained at the community
Nevertheless, the importance of the town as a
farming and ranching center, along with oil and gas
explorations in the vicinity, kept Lipscomb's economy
alive. For most of the twentieth century, its population
level has remained fairly stable: population 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 early 1990s Lipscomb remained the smallest
town in the county, was off the main highways, and
lacked rail facilities, it was still the permanent
(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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James R. WILSON
submitted by Cathy
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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 in use.
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
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
9. The German Heritage area features photos
of early German Weddings, german cookbooks,
and German Religious items.
10. The Church Exhibit features Articles and
/or photos of past and present churches
throughout Lipscomb County.
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