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    HAPPY, TEXAS

    Official Slogan: "The Town Without a Frown."
    Unofficial Slogan: "We didn't like the movie either."

    Swisher County, Texas Panhandle
    Hwy 87 and FM 1075
    On the Randall County Line
    11 miles NW of Tulia
    19 miles S of Canyon
    35 miles S of Amarillo

    Population: 647 (2000)

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    Happy Tx -  Downtown ClosedBuilding
    Downtown Happy
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009

    Happy History in a Pecan Shell

    The name comes from Happy Draw - a watercourse discovered and named by thirsty cowboys. Hugh Currie is credited with establishing the town's post office near Happy Draw in 1891. It was also the site of a stage horse-changing station.

    Hopes of a depot were dashed in 1906 when Happy was bypassed (a mere two miles) by the Santa Fe. A town was established alongside the tracks and Plains Lumber and Grain was the first company to open for business.The towns first store was opened by J. F. White and Happy soon had their own paper - appropriately named "Happy News." In 1907 the town was reunited with the post office when it relocated on the new site. The following year the First State Bank of Happy opened its doors.

    Happy was incorporated in 1925. Like most of Texas, Happy built it's infrastructure in the 20s. Improvements included the formation of a VFD and new school construction. The Depression years passed without incident, and by 1940 there were 576 residents. The population was about the same (588) in 1990 and it has since increased to 647.

    Happy Landmarks & Photo Gallery

    Happy Old Photos
    Happy Today
    Happy Texas Chevrolet store
    Happy Chevrolet Store and gas pump
    Photo Courtesy Swisher County Museum
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    "Mose Wesley's Auto Repair Shop was the first brick building in Happy, Texas, built in 1913. The night before the opening, a dance was held in the new building to celebrate the occasion. Mr. Wesley died in 1918, but the business continued with Mr. Emmett LaRoe as shop foreman and Miss Myrtle LaRoe working as bookkeeper. Alden Montgomery moved his automobile sales business into the building and it was called Montgomery Motor Company. For thirty years he sold cars and tractors. After his death, his son Flake took over the business and operated it until his death, at which time the inventory was sold at auction. The Taylor-Evans Farm Store occupied the building through 1967, and ten years later it was rented to Wildore Taylor III for displaying and restoring antique cars." - Andrew Wilson
    Main Street, Happy, Texas
    "The L. C. Klein Land Co. office located on the south side of Main Street. It was later used as the post office and as William F. Miller's office."
    Photo Courtesy Swisher County Museum
    Happy  Texas - fire truck
    Happy Fire Truck (foreground) and
    new City Hall under construction (background).

    Photo Courtesy Swisher County Museum
    Happy TX - First United Methodist Church
    First United Methodist Church
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Happy TX - First United Methodist Church cornerstone
    1929 cornerstone
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Happy TX - First United Methodist Church Historical Marker
    First United Methodist Church Historical Marker
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Happy TX - City Drug Store
    City Drug Store
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Happy Texas - Closed Game Room
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
    Happy Texas Ghost Ford Sign
    Ghost Ford Sign
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Happy Texas - Grain Elevators
    Prairie Skyscrapers
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Happy Texas water tower
    Happy Texas water tower "Cowboys"
    Home of the "Happy Cowboys"
    Photo Courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2009
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    Tulia Tx - Restored Happy, Texas Depot
    The restored Happy Santa Fe Depot, now in Tulia
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - Restored Happy Depot
    Happy Santa Fe Depot
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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    Editor's note:

    Happy's inclusion in TE was suggested by Andrew Wilson, a 21 year-old actor from San Antonio, Texas who forwarded the three old photos above and provided text. Mr. Wilson wrote:

    Dear Texas Escapes,
    [Your site] is truly a vault of knowledge that I use quite fequently, however, I beg you, please add HAPPY, TEXAS to your treasure trove of history! - Andrew Wilson, December 30, 2004
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