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HEREFORD, TEXAS

Deaf Smith County Seat, Texas Panhandle

3449'19"N 10223'55"W (34.821961, -102.398617)
Highway 385 and Hwy 60
FM 1058
30 miles S of Vega
21 miles N of Dimmit
46 miles SW of Amarillo
Population: 14,915 Est. (2016)
15,370 (2010) 14,597 (2000) 14,745 (1990)

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Hereford Historical Marker

Title: Town Without a Toothache
Year Marker Erected: 1967
Marker Location: Located at little park on US 385 at 4th and Bennett Streets.
Marker Text:
Hereford's "miracle water" was brought to national fame in 1941 when Dr. Edward Taylor, State Dental Officer, told the American Dental Association that tooth decay was almost unknown here. This ideal situation had been discovered by a local dentist, Dr. George Heard, originally from Alabama. In a cross-section survey, dentists found that few local people had dental cavities. Hereford's mineral-rich water and soil are thought to prevent tooth decay. Demand arose for Hereford water to be shipped all over the U.S. and to foreign nations.
Hereford's Historical Marker text courtesy of Gary E. McKee.


Hereford celebrates its official birthday at 8:00 P.M. September 1st (1898).

Hereford, Texas Attractions

Deaf Smith County Courthouse
Deaf Smith county courthouse and 1936 Texas memorial star
Deaf Smith County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
Italian POW Camp Chapel
World War II Prisoner of War Camp
POW Camp Chapel, with Italian flag,  Hereford Texas
Italian POW Camp Chapel
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2009
"The Chapel is located about 3-1/2 miles south of Hereford almost exactly on the Deaf Smith/Castro County Lines. From FM 1055 west on Deaf Smith CR 1 one mile and south on CR H about 500 yards... more" - Barclay Gibson
Hereford, Texas Landmarks
Hereford Depot, Texas
Hereford Depot.
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
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Hereford Cow sign, and Deaf Smith County courthouse,  Hereford Texas
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
Are There Cows in Texas?
Hereford Texas welcome sign
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
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Hereford Texas sign mural
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
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Hereford  Grain painted company sign on grain elevators, Hereford , Texas
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
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C.F. Kerr Hardward ghost sign, Hereford Texas
Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
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Hereford Texas windmill and depot
Hereford Texas windmill
Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels, December 2007
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Hereford, Texas Vintage Images
Hereford, Texas churches

"Hereford - City of Fine Churches"
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/~txgenweb// postcards/Index.html
Elm Court, Hereford, Texas old post card

"Elm Court,
Hereford, Texas"

Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/~txgenweb// postcards/Index.html

Hereford Texas Forum

Subject: Riding in Tires in Hereford

We lived south of Hereford on South Main, two girls and eight boys, and during the Great Depression we made our own fun by walking on stilts, digging caves, playing tin can shinny, and riding down the hill inside truck and car tires. The decline toward Tierra Blanca Creek began just a tad north of our house. By 1938 South Main was paved, wide enough for two vehicles. The ditches on both sides were pretty deep, white as could be because they were lined with caliche.

My big brothers could not get inside a car tire, but since I was next to the baby I could sit inside a car tire. With my head pushed against the stiff sides, my feet barely sticking in to the sides, I would say, "OK, Push." A brother would start the tire rolling on the pavement. The trick was to stay on the pavement, but to turn into the caliche ditch when the tire rolled too fast. In other words, CRASH. A ride down the hill inside a tire always ended in a crash. None of us ever kept going all the way to the wooden bridge over the Creek, for fear of missing the bridge railings and flying off into the creek.

It always hurt when the tire crashed into the ditch, but it was so thrilling to spin and holler, it was worth the pain. It was not much fun pushing the tire back up the hill, but that's the only way we could be launched again.

Lawrence Owen, Santa Monica, CA., October 01, 2018

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Hereford, Texas Nearby Cities & Towns:
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