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COPENHAGEN, TEXAS
AKA Center Plains, Texas

Texas Ghost Town
Hale County, Texas Panhandle

FM 179
S of Plainview the county seat
9 Miles W of Hale Center
N of Lubbock
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

Itís not often a ghost town can be pinpointed to an exact location. In Copenhagenís case the exact location is the present-day Center Plains cemetery. Center Plains was the original name of the would-be town Ė but for some reason it was rejected when postal authorities received the application. The post office department decided that Copenhagen should be the name and in 1902 the Copenhagen post office opened itís doors.

The post office remained open until 1907. The promised arrival of a railroad in Norfleet lured away Copenhagen / Center Plains residents, creating a ghost town with two names.



Copenhagen TX Hale County 1909 Postmark
Cover canceled with Copenhagen 1903 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection

Hale and Floyd County Texas 1907 Postal map
Hale County 1907 postal map showing Copenhagen
(W of Hale Center, SW of Plainview)

From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Copenhagen, Texas Nearby Towns:
Plainview the county seat
Hale Center
Lubbock
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