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RUNNELS CITY, TEXAS
AKA Old Runnels

Runnels County First County Seat

Texas Ghost Town
Runnels County, Texas Panhandle / West Texas

FM 2887
4-1/2 miles N of Ballinger the county seat
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 1936 Texas Centennial Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
See Texas Centennial
Runnels Texas post card with 1887 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Runnels, Texas 1887 Postmark
Courtesy Danny Whatley
Runnels Texas cover with postmark
Cover cancelled with Runnels, Texas Postmark
Courtesy Danny Whatley
Runnels County Texas 1907 postal map
Runnels City is already off the Runnels County map by 1907
Postal map courtesy of Texas General Land Office

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Runnels City, Texas Nearby Towns:
Ballinger the county seat

Texas Panhandle | West Texas

Book Hotel Here:
San Angelo Hotels | Abilene Hotels | More Hotels
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