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Gray Mule, Texas

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1935/37 Photos courtesy Billie Mayhall Freeman
Quitaque Canyon TX - Clarity Tunnel and Section Crew

Quitaque Canyon Clarity Tunnel and Section Crew in Snow
"The tunnel is about 2.5 miles SW of the Gray Mule marker and measures about 1/8 mile in length. It is now home to hundreds of Mexican free-tail bats (completely harmless)."
- David Higgins of Lubbock, September 2005

Remembering Gray Mule

by Billie Mayhall Freeman

Gray Mule was officially named Edgin as it was at first a place where the trains stopped to put on more water for its engines which I guess were steam. I am not sure of who started calling it Gray Mule but it never showed up on maps, and probably neither did Edgin. It was always called Gray Mule by locals and probably everyone else except the train folks....

Quitaque Canyon TX - Clarity Tunnel and Section Crew close up

Close-up of the section crew

Quitaque Canyon TX - Section Crew in snow

Section crew in snow

Quitaque Canyon TX - close up of railroad Section Crew in snow

Close-up of section crew in snow

Quitaque Canyon TX - Section Crew entering railraod Tunnel

Section crew entering tunnel

Quitaque Canyon TX - Close up of Section Crew entering railraod Tunnel

Close up of section crew entering railroad tunnel

Quitaque Canyon TX - Clarity Tunnel Section Crew 1930s

Railroad section crew by their quarters.

Quitaque Canyon TX -  Edgin Railroad Tunnel Section house 1930s

The section house and car.

"I started school at Gray Mule and my Dad ran the store there for a short time...

We lived beyond Quitaque Creek on a farm before that then moved into Quitaque where we four girls all graduated high school, two with honors..."
Gray Mule, aka Edgin, TX -  1930s girls sitting on rock fence

"My sisters and I (there were four of us) are sitting on the wall."

Gray Mule, aka Edgin, TX -  1930s family with car

"My sisters and I in the crocheted dresses our mother had made for us."

Gray Mule, aka Edgin, TX -  1930s store and owner

"My Dad ran the store there for a short time."
"A photo of my Dad standing in front of the store's plate glass window."

Gray Mule, aka Edgin, TX -  1930s store  owner  & cotton gin

"The Cotton Gin (background) was owned or run by the Keisling family. Margaret Keisling married my first cousin."

"... The Great Depression / "dust bowl days" were just ahead of us and life became much harder after that.

Those days were "The Good Ol' Days." - Billie Mayhall Freeman, Naples, Florida, September 2010


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Remembering Gray Mule
by Billie Mayhall Freeman

Floyd County TX 1940s map
Floyd County TX 1940s map showing Edgin, aka Gray Mule,
the Fort Worth & Denver Railway, Quitaque & Floydada
From Texas state map #4335

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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