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CHILDRESS, TEXAS

Childress County Seat, Texas Panhandle
Highway 287 and 62/83
30 miles N of Paducah
30 miles NW of Quanah
116 miles SE of Amarillo

Population: 6,140 (2010) 6,778 (2000) 5,055 (1990)

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Childress Texas - 1902 Childress Mural
Childress 1902
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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Childress, Texas Topics

  • Childress History
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  • Childress Namsake: George Campbell Childress next page
  • Childress County Courthouse next page
  • Childress Old Photos c. 1914 next page
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  • History in a Pecan Shell

    1886: Childress City and Henry were two towns only four miles apart.
    1887: Childress County was organized and the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad arrived the same year. Childress City was declared county seat, but Henry contested and won. Henry then changed its name to Childress.
    1888: the first newspaper (Childress County Index) is published
    1890: town is incorporated
    1904: homicide in a saloon brings about prohibition
    1910: Population goes over 5,000
    1905-1906: Walter Chrysler was foreman of the railroad roundhouse - he later founded Chrysler Motors.
    1891: courthouse burns
    1939: new permanent courthouse is built
    1942: Childress Army Air Field is opened to train bombardiers and also serves as a prisoner of war camp.
    1945: Base is deactivated and eventually becomes the municipal airport
    Childress, Texas Landmarks / Attractions
    Childress County Courthouse, Texas
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September, 2007
    Childress County Courthouse
  • Childress County Heritage Museum -
    In former post office 3rd and C street
  • Baylor Creek Reservoir -
    12 miles west of Childress on the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red River
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  • Statue of George Childress
    George Childress Statue (Raoul Josset, Sculptor) at Washington on the Brazos
    TE Photo, April 2002
    Ten Things you should know about
    George Campbell Childress
    Childress Army Air Field Memorial Mural
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Childress Tx - 1808 Biggerstaff & Morris Building
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Childress Tx -  1926 Michie Building
    The 1926 Michie Building
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    Childress Tx - Hotel Childress Roof Sign
    Hotel Childress
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    Childress Tx - The Closed Hotel Childress
    The Closed Hotel Childress
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    Childress TX -  Hotel Childress Fire Escape
    Hotel Childress Fire Escape
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    Childress Tx - Hotel Apartment Sign
    Hotel Apartment Sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Childress TX -  Hotel Childress  Window Detail
    Hotel Childress Window Detail
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    Childress Tx - Downtown Building
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    Childress Tx - Downtown
    Downtown Childress
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    Childress Texas - Engine Display
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    Childress Texas - Former Post Office
    Former Post Office
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    Childress Tx - Coca-Cola Ghost  Sign
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    Childress Tx - Gift Shoppe Ghost Sign
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    Childress Tx - Jitters Coffee Sign
    "Friends don't let friends drink bad coffee!"
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    Childress Tx - Trinity Lutheran Church
    Childress Trinity Lutheran Church
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    Childress Tx - Presbyterian Church
    Childress Presbyterian Church
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    Childress Municipal Building
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    Childress Tx Palace Theater Sign
    Childress Palace Theatre Sign
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    Childress Tx Palace Theater
    Palace Theatre
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    Childress Texas - Window Mural
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    Childress Texas  - Closed Gas Station
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    Childress Texas  - Closed Gas Station
    Childress Closed Gas Stations
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Childress c. 1914
    Vintage photos

    "The Palace Theater, opened in 1921, remained in business until 1993."
    Photo courtesy Wes Reeves, 2005
    Cowboy Gene by Mike Cox ("Texas Tales")

    In the spring of 1938, a cowboy on the dodge rode into the Panhandle railroad town of Childress.

    A little short of cash, he approached Rufus Layton, manager of the Palace Theater, about doing some work for him. Layton jumped at the opportunity, offering him a healthy amount of money for Depression times - $100.

    For that kind of money, this cowboy wouldn't be taking tickets or sweeping up stale popcorn. He'd be singing, playing a guitar and smiling big. Layton must have been smiling big, too, because the cowboy's name was Gene Autry. THE Gene Autry. ... more

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    888-235-2942, 940-937-8629
    315 Commerce Street
    PO Box 10, Childress, TX 79201

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