in a Pecan Shell
The namesake of Huntoon is Joel Huntoon, who is listed in the Handbook
of Texas as a former director of the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railroad.
The railroad arrived here in 1919 and a post office was granted in
1921. The next event mentioned is the construction of a general store
and a grain elevator built in the late 1920s. When the Great Depression
hit, Huntoon lost its store and post office. Residents had to travel
the five miles to Booker
for groceries. Huntoon's school merged with Booker.
The last population figure for the town was in 1990 when 21 people
If you speed too fast
you'll miss Huntoon,
only 21 people
you're through real soon,
They don't have a store
nor even a saloon,
jackrabbits now inhabit
what's left of Huntoon!
1920s map showing Huntoon
Courtesy Texas Land Office
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