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    CLAUDE, TEXAS

    Armstrong County Seat, Texas Panhandle
    4.8 miles S of the Carson County Line (FM 207)
    16 miles W of the Donley County Line (Highway 287)
    20 miles East of Amarillo

    Population: 1, 313 (2000) 1,199 (1990)

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    Claude Ayers, railroad engineer for the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway had the town of Armstrong City renamed in his honor when he drove the first train to town in 1887.

    The town's business district was originally platted along the railroad tracks with angles southeast to northwest, while later building was platted on the traditional compass points.

    A post office was granted in 1888 and the county was organized in 1890.

    A dispute with the town of Washburn (13 miles NW) called for an election with cattleman Charles Goodnight (who lived East of Claude) supposedly casting the tie-breaking vote. The largest hotel in the Panhandle, a three-story model named the Palace opened and Claude organized their own school district in 1891.

    Claude's citizens reportedly used a trough on the courthouse square for their water and a stone courthouse was built in 1912.

    Claude claims to have had the first Boy Scout Troop (17) west of the Mississippi and to date, no one has stepped forward to challenge that claim.

    The population was just over 1,000 in 1930 and it fell to 761 by 1940.

    A new Armstrong County jail was built from the stone of the former jail in 1951.

    Claude served as the backdrop for the movie Hud in 1963, and several others films.

    The current population has increased back to a comfortable 1,300.

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    Photos courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008
    Armstrong County Courthouse today, Claude Texas

    Photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008

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    Above photo courtesy Stephen Michaels, January 2008

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    Nickels were hard to come by in the tough economic times of the early 1890s, but the cowboys patronizing Jim Scarborough’s saloon in Claude never minded standing Blackie a drink when they could afford to...
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