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IRAAN, TEXAS

Pecos County, West Texas

County Highways 190 and 349
18 miles N of Sheffield
55 miles W of Ozona via I-10
63 miles E of Fort Stockton via I-10
Population: 1,222 (2010) 1,300 (2000)

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Iraan, Texas bird's-eye view
Bird's eye view of Iraan
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
History in a Pecan Shell

The name has nothing to do with the country of Iran. Oil was discovered on the ranch of Ira Yates and a contest was held to name the town that would soon materialize. Ira's wife was named Ann. The person who combined the two names won a town lot as a prize. (See forum below)

Iraan today has two newspapers. But as an Iraanian told us (in a confidential tone) "It's the same news." We bought both papers. It was the same news. Different photos though.

Because of its semi-remote location, the school district provides its teachers with housing.

Iraan is also the birthplace of Alley Oop, at onetime an extremely popular syndicated comic strip. Creator V.T. Hamlin was a newspaperman in Iraan when he came up with the idea for a caveman who looked like he was wearing bellbottoms when he wasn't even wearing pants. While virtually unknown now, Alley Oop was nearly as popular as Dick Tracy and Tarzan.

Mr. Oop had a dinosaur named Dinny and there is a likeness of both Alley Oop and Dinny at the 7 acre Fantasyland just west of town amid mulberry trees.

Also in the park is the Iraan Archeological Museum. (See Forum below.)

Iraan Chamber of Commerce: 915-639-2232
Dinny of Alley Oop, Iraan Texas Irann Texas car wash sign
Left - West Texas wildlife in Iraan's Park
Right - The Better-than-nothing Car Wash

TE photos

Iraan, Texas Chronicles:

  • Alley Oop is a Texan? by C. F. Eckhardt
    Alley Oop, the cave-man character created by Victor T. Hamlin in 1932, is a native Texan. The area around present Iraan, Texas was a gold mine of dinosaur fossils. In the days before salvage archaeology, the fossils were simply hauled away by the truckload. This gave Hamlin the idea for a comic strip... more
  • Victor T. Hamlin & Alley Oop by C. F. Eckhardt
  • The Boy With Two Tombstones
    Or Iraan's “Little Boy Lost.”
    by Mike Cox
    A broken piece of sandstone can’t tell a story, but Edna (Snooks) Collett sure can. Collett is curator of the museum in the still-booming old boom town of Iraan, in the middle of the storied Yates Field, which is well past its billionth barrel of oil and still producing. Of course, her museum duties are only from 1-5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday...

  • wind turbine blade Iraan Texas
    Iraan scene with wind turbine blade
    Iraan scene with wind turbine blade
    Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson

    Iraan, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Iraan Archaeological Museum-Mrs. Edna Collett
    I was born in Iraan & grew up in McCamey. Alley Pop Park & the museum was always a real treat. I was really hoping to view some Native American artifacts found locally by my brother-in-law, Otis Tipton. He grew-up in Iraan & donated his collection to the museum. My mother & I entered & met Mrs. Edna (Snooks) Collett, the curator. Her son, James, taught Texas History & sponsored the Texas Historians club at MHS. I went straight to the artifact section dying to really study the items that Otis had pulled out of his canvas bag & unwrapped so carefully at their kitchen table 40+Years ago.. I was really young & my sister, Claudette, would put me back to bed & I'd have to wait till the next day to see it all. I can still see the amazing smile on his face & hear the excitement in his voice, while he & Claudette poured over his new finds. To my disappointment, there weren't any of Otis' collection acknowledged in the displays then.

    Learning about my objective, Mrs. Collett looked through some cabinets, but often pieces from a collection might be scattered by type throughout a section. Only a search through the archives would verify the donor & location. I was disappointed, but then I got to go back & marvel over the incredible artifacts & fossils on display! There were pictures of excavations in process. She said they were fortunate to have such a dedicated group of area volunteers who shared an acute interest in preserving these rock records & made the phenomenal collection available. I saw pictures of John Alexander at a site & incredible pieces he donated. It was only a few years before that I discovered he & I had shared mutual friends in Missouri! I was buying a calendar displaying the work of their knapping group. Looking through It, they mentioned that that after years of their oldest member running circles around them, "Woosh/Swoosh" had missed a couple of knap-ins & he was truly missed. He said his work was featured in the calendar. I saw a tiny picture & I said I know him-he's a runner of Sr Olympics, marathon or 400m or 1600m, but he races. Then I moved my thumb from over his bio. He was from McCamey! I explained that Mr, Alexander trained on the outside lane of our track every day during PM practice! He was always at the track. Over the years in Missouri, I'd heard them talk about him & his work, but he was so humble & just a great guy who never walked but ran every where! The only" it's a small world" experience I've ever had. Of course, Mr. Alexander & Mrs. Collett were good friends through archeology. Mom & I spent the most wonderful afternoon with Mrs. Collett! We sorted fresh buckets of fossils, that she loves giving out to visiting classes. Hoping to spark interest! She gave me 3 for my help. I was grateful because she wouldn't sell them & mine had got lost in time & another reason for my visit It was my pleasure getting to just look through them & talk rocks with someone so knowledgeable that shares my passion. She is a true gem & the museum is a real treasure! We enjoyed the rest of the rest of the displays & we picked some souvenirs & it was time to close. I was doubly glad they were such nice people, when I discovered my keys were locked in in my car! God bless her & the other volunteer & locals who helped us get on our way! Thank you so much! I'm forever grateful! - LeeAnn Mettlach, April 04, 2016


  • Subject: Naming of Iraan, TX
    Regarding Iraan, Texas and the "History in a Pecan Shell": My father, Jo Hardgrave, told my brother and sister, that his mother named the town of Iraan by submitting the combining of the names Ira and Ann Yates and that she won a downtown plot of land that she sold for $1,000.00. According to the first paragrah, this is true. I'm just wondering if you have record of the name of the person winning the contest. My grandmother's name was Mary Louise (Lewis) Hardgrave. If you have any information regarding this I would appreciate it. Thank you, Carol Bennett, San Angelo, TX, October 12, 2006

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