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RUNNELS CITY, TEXAS
AKA Old Runnels

Texas Ghost Town
Runnels County, Panhandle / West Texas

5 Miles N of Ballinger

Population: 0

Runnels City Area Hotels:
San Angelo Hotels | Abilene Hotels

Runnels City Tx - Texas Centennial Marker
Site of Runnels City
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
History on a Pinhead

Once the county seat of Runnels County (1880), it had a population of 250 two years later. But it was bypassed by the railroad in favor of Ballinger in 1886. In a gracious offer (which was immediately accepted) the railroad offered Runnels City residents lots in Ballinger. In 1887 Ballinger became the county seat. Today only the Centennial marker reminds travelers of this short-lived ghost town.

Photographer's Note:
Runnels (City) is located about 4-1/2 miles north of Ballinger on FM 2887. There is nothing visible left of the city. - Barclay Gibson
Runnels CityT x Centennial Marker
"Runnels City, or Old Runnels, is a ghost town five miles north of Ballinger in Runnels County. It was designated the county seat when the county was organized in 1880.

Its population was 250 in 1882, but the Santa Fe Railroad bypassed the town in 1886. When the railroad offered residents building sites and a general relocation of buildings in Ballinger, people in Runnels City accepted, and in 1887 Ballinger became the county seat.

By 1947 a rock hut and a ruined two-story rock building were the only remnants of Runnels City." -

From "Eighteen Ghost Towns of Runnels County" by Alton O'Neil Jr.
Runnels City Texas Centennial Marker text
Runnels City Texas Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
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Runnels County Texas 1907 map
Runnels City is already off the map by 1907
Postal map courtesy of Texas General Land Office
Runnels City, Texas
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