|Boom town Borger
showing Theatre, late 1920s
Photos courtesy Ken Sharpe Collection
in a Pecan Shell
Eight times larger than the County Seat of Stinnett,
Borger once boasted of a three-mile long main street when things like
that were rare. Borger was a wild place in 1927. So wild, that Governor
Dan Moody had to declare martial law and send in the Texas Rangers.
The Ranger-in-charge was Captain Frank Hamer, who was to rain on Bonnie
and Clyde's parade in '35. Gov. Moody didn't want to do it, but
when a town shoots and kills its District Attorney, it's time to do
A One-sided Shootout
Named after Asa "Ace" Borger, land
speculator and town builder, Borger lost its namesake in a one-sided
shootout in the Borger Post Office in 1934. It seems that the County
Treasurer, Arthur Huey (never trust a man with two first names) was
miffed at Ace for not bailing him out of jail on an embezzlement charge.
Huey confronted Ace while he was licking a stamp and called him a
bunch of names. Mr. Borger could live with that; but then Huey shot
him five times with a .45, which Mr. Borger could not live with. To
add insult to fatal injury, Huey took Borger's .44 and shot him again
(along with a few other postal patrons). It is not known if Mr. Borger's
letter was ever delivered.
House, the first brick structure in Boomtown Borger is a town
County Historical Museum: History of Hutchinson County to its
boomtown days. 618 N. Main St., 806-273-6121
National Recreation Area, 16,000 acres managed by the National
Flint Quarries National Monument (the only National Monument
in Texas), next to Lake Meredith National Recreation Area.
Hotels - Book Here
of Ken Sharpe Collection:
Storm, Borger, Texas, April 1935"
Postcard courtesy Bob Walker
- Night drilling in Borger
R - "Poison Gas and Poison Snakes"
Photos Courtesy Ken Sharpe Collection
Acton's Story C. F. Eckhardt
"...We headed for that light. It was slow going, but we made
progress-but when we got to it, there was no house. There was just
a glowing ball of light, maybe a foot or a foot and a half across,
in the branches of a little tree..."
A Panhandle scenic drive near Borger
The 25-mile loop (Texas 136 west, FM 1319 and FM 687) to the county
seat of Stinnett
is a Panhandle scenic drive.
It crosses the Canadian
Area Ghost Towns
A Panhandle ghost town (absorbed by Borger), now inside the Borger
A Panhandle ghost town, 3 miles north of Borger on the southern
bank of the Canadian River.
Dear TE, Our family was from Borger, Texas, and my dad's brother,
Sydney Wilson Bennett, worked in nearby Phillips
at the refinery. I was born in Borger in 1948 and left for Wyoming
in 1953. My aunt "Frankie" and uncle Wilson would babysit me and
my sister at their company home in Phillips.
We spent many, many a happy time there in the early years of our
About 30 years ago, I took my wife to see Borger and Phillips.
We had our first child with us, and we parked our travel trailer
across from my aunt and uncle's house in a friendly neighbor's driveway.
I took my wife on a "tour" of Phillips
and Borger, and we left a few days later, following a tornado. I
just did not want to sit through another Panhandle tornado!
I only learned of the demise of Phillips
today! My aunt and uncle moved away when he retired from Phillips,
to relocate in Bowie. Both are now deceased. I can't imagine Phillips
having been leveled. - Jim Pixley, Corona, California, May 24, 2007
My daughter-in-law in Houston found your website (she is a teacher
in creating websites & computer at Dobie High School in Pasadena,
Texas) and she forwarded your site to me. I grew up in Borger, started
to school there, graduated in 1940 and worked at the old Panhandle
State Bank, starting while a junior in high school. At the time
I knew everyone in town. I did an article on Dixon Creek for the
Museum in Borger, having moved there when I was about 3 years old.
My first memory of time is on Dixon Creek, and I have pictures of
myself standing in front of our tent at what was then called "Tent
City", up and down the banks of the Dixon Creek. Never met but one
person who could go back to Tent City with me, and she is now deceased.
I am 83 years of age now, and that seems so long ago, but I found
your site nostalgic, and brought back many memories. - Elnora Engle
Walker, January 12, 2007
RIVERVIEW POWER PLANT TX
By chance found your site and was very interested in the pictures
of camp. I was born in Borger and lived in Riverview. My dad
worked at the Power
Plant. I have looked at the images of the area on google earth
and am able to place where we lived and even though the houses are
long gone, the trees tell where they were. Thie image
of camp you have on the site, does not seem to fit any of these
configurations so was very puzzled unless it was not taken facing
West. I do have images (will have to look for them) and when I find
them, will email them to you. Do you have any other images I could
It was quite a memory jogger and was delighted to realize how much
was still there! Thanks for posting it. - Margot Carter Blair, April
William Henderson - Borger, TX - Isom Township
My wife's step grandfather, William Henderson, was a land speculator
from Alabama who first established the Isom township which later
became Borger. He was the owner of the Black Hotel in Borger, and
following the 1920s scandal (martial law) he was elected mayor of
Borger. I have many newspaper clippings describing the events, and
many early photographs of the people of the time (and an aerial
photo of the original townsite). In addition I have letters and
a journal that gives first hand accounts of the early history of
Borger. I am beginning research so that I might write a biography
of "Pop" Henderson and the beginnings of Borger. Can you give me
any suggestions as to how I might proceed? Is there a way to access
newspaper articles from that early time, or is there anything that
can be gained from your museum? Perhaps I can come to Borger and
speak to people who are familiar with the early history and who
might shed some light on my research. Thanks. Thomas E. Casey, Colorado,
firstname.lastname@example.org , February 28, 2006
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