County Seat, Texas
Highway 287 and 62/83
30 miles N of Paducah
30 miles NW of Quanah
116 miles SE
Population 6,778 (2000) 5,055 (1990)
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.
first newspaper (Childress County Index) is published
1890: town is
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
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
County Courthouse Childress
County Heritage Museum -
In former post office 3rd and C street
12 miles west of Childress on the Prairie Dog Fork of the Red RiverChildress
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"Friends don't let friends drink bad coffee!"|
Photo courtesy Barclay
"The Palace Theater, opened in 1921, remained in business until 1993."
Photo courtesy Wes Reeves, 2005
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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photos of their town, please contact
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Childress Economic Development Corporation
315 Commerce Street
PO Box 10, Childress, TX 79201
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