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FOLLETT, TEXAS

Lipscomb County, Texas Panhandle
State Highway 15
About: 21 Miles NE of Lipscomb
50 Miles NE of Canadian
38 Miles E of Perryton
Population: 00412 (2000)

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Follett Tx - Tin Man Water Tower
Follett's classic water tower
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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History in a Pecan Shell

Follet burst into life in 1917 when it was made a stop on the North Texas and Santa Fe Railway. Santa Fe official Thomas C. Spearman is given credit for the idea.

It was named to honor Horace Follett, a railroad engineer. The town virtually blossomed overnight. Like Booker, Texas, Follett was populated by Oklahomans who crossed the state line, proving that commerce will trump state loyalty any day.

It acquired its post office that same year (1917) and by the time the 1920 census came around there were 550 residents most of them former Oklahomans.

The town was given the slogan "Gateway to the Golden Spread" since it had become a wheat and grain storage / distribution center through the efforts of the Farmer's Grain Cooperative.

The population had grown to 431 by 1940 when it had 30 businesses.

Modern irrigation has helped local agriculture and the town had 37 businesses in 1980. The population peaked that year with a reported population of 547 which has declined to 412 for the 2000 census.

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Follett, Texas Today

Follett Tx City Limit
Follett Skyline
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Photographer's Note:
Follett was a pleasant surprise. Lots to see when you look around. - Barclay Gibson
Follett Tx - Downtown Buildings
Downtown Follett
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Follett Tx - Old Grain Elavator
Old Grain Elavator
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Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Follett Tx - Closed Phillips Gas Station
Closed Phillips Station
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Follett Tx Motel Old Neon, No Vacancy
"No Vacancy"
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Follett Tx Historical Marker
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Historical Marker Text
FOLLETT
A gateway to Texas Panhandle's "Golden Spread". Founded as "Ivanhoe", on a site across state line, in Oklahoma. Town moved twice to locate on a railroad. Situated here in 1917, and renamed for Horace Follett, railroad surveyor. Economy based on wheat, cattle, grain sorghums and (since 1950's) oil and gas production.
(1967)
Follett Tx Welcome Sign
"Welcome to Follett"
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Northeast Corner of Texas
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Northeast Corner of Texas
Follett Tx - Batch Cement Mixer
Batch Cement Mixer
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Lipscomb County Texas 1920 map
1920 Lipscomb County map showing Follett
(Above "M" in "LIPSCOMB")
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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