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LAKETON, TEXAS

Gray County, Texas Panhandle
Highway 60
15 miles E of Pampa

Population: 12 (estimated)

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grain elevator in Laketon, Texas
Grain elevator in Laketon
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone
History in a Pecan Shell

Founded on a spur of the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway in the early 1900s, Laketon supported a post office until mail was re-routed through Miami in neighboring Roberts County. It was reestablished with the discovery of the Laketon gas field in 1929.

In 1930 Laketon had several businesses, but only ten citizens. In 1947 the population had increased to 50, but businesses were reduced to only two. Nearby Pampa
drained population from the town and for the last forty years the population was reported as less than 20.

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Laketon, Texas grain elevator
Another view of the grain elevator in Laketon
Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone
 
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