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KNAPP, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Scurry County, Texas Panhandle / West Texas

Population: 10 (2000)

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Knapp Texas
Knapp, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2015
Photographer's Directions:
"Knapp was located 12 miles southwest of Snyder and northwest what is now Lake J B Thomas on FM 1610. The Knapp Baptist Church is located 1-1/2 miles south of the Knapp marker at the intersection of FM 1610 and FM 1298." - Barclay Gibson


History in a Pecan Shell

Knapp dates from the late 1800s. First residents named the fledgling community Bison, but were disappointed when their application for a post office was rejected. Some other town had beaten them to the name. Instead, they decided to honor someone named Knapp. The name was accepted by postal authorities, but the namesake faded into history without anyone remembering the first name or why he / she was chosen.

Knapp's short history is preserved by the historical marker shown.

First population figures are from 1940 when Knapp had ten residents. It doubled to 20 by 1947. The short-lived Scurry County Oil Boom (50-51) boosted the population to 100 - which seems to have been the town's peak.

But the addition of fresh residents didn't save the post office from closing. Nothing continued to happen in Knapp for decades and the 1990 census counted only ten residents. The same number was used in 2010.
Knapp Texas historical marker
Knapp, Texas Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2015
Historical Marker:

Town of Knapp

Pioneers settling Bull Creek, 1888, where herds of bull buffalo grazed, called their community Bison. They founded the Baptist Church on the creek bank, the school in a nearby pasture.

Bison was located on fringe of the ranch belonging to A. P. Bush and Benjamin Tillar, both prominent early Texas cattlemen.

In 1890, name of town and post office (then housed in a dugout) became "Knapp" after the U.S. Post Office Department refused Bison because it was a duplicate name.

In 1959, after a rousing decade of serving the oil boom workers, the post office closed.
(1967)
Knapp Texas - Knapp Baptist Church
Knapp Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2015
Knapp Texas - Knapp Baptist Church sign

Church sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2015
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Knapp TX Scurry County 1914 postmark
Knapp TX Scurry County 1914 postmark
Cover cancelled with Knapp, Texas 1914 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Scurry County Texas 1907 postal map
Scurry County 1907 postal map showing Knapp
(SW of Snyder, near Borden County line)

Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Knapp, Texas
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