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KRESS, TEXAS

Swisher County, Texas Panhandle

3421'54"N 10144'53"W (34.365010, -101.748129)

US 87
12 Miles S of Tulia the county seat
71 Miles S of Amarillo
13 Miles N of Plainview
ZIP code 79052
Area code 806
Population: 681 Est. (2019)
715 (2010) 826 (2000) 739 (1990)

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KressTexas/Kress Tx - Tin Man Water Tower
Kress Kangaroos
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2009
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History in a Pecan Shell

Founded in 1890, the town had been named Wright, after a local preacher. On the stage coach line from Canyon to Plainview, with a school, post ofiice and store, it had everything a 19th Century town needed to prosper.

When the railroad arrived in 1906, the post office / store moved to the rails. The town was renamed for Pioneer George H. Kress.

In 1909 a promotional booklet gave the town's population as 500 - a number that was probably inflated. The first school opened in 1907. In 1915 the first garage and filling station was erected, a grain elevator was built, and a weekend rodeo was organized for local recreation.

The main highway through town (Hwy 87) has moved twice - forcing businesses to relocate as well. Infrastructure in the form of electricity and gas were introduced in the late 1920s.

Kress was home to over 650 people by 1953. A bank opened in 1963 - ending a bank-less period that had lasted from the 30s to that date.

Kress, Texas Landmarks


Kress Tx City Limit
Kress City Limit
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2009

Kress Tx Mural Building
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2009

Kress Tx City Hall Mural " Hi Neighbor"
"Hi Neighbor!"
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Kress Tx Mural "Fast Foods"
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Kress Tx City Hall Mural Barber Shop
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Kress Tx Welcome Sign
Welcome
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Kress Tx Grain Elevators
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Kress Tx Grain Elevators
Grain Elevators
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Kress Tx "Drink Coca - Cola" Sign
"Drink Coca-Cola"
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Kress Tx Road Sign
Approaching Kress
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, August 2009

Kress Vintage Photos

"Kress was home to all of my grandparents. I lived there from 1943 to 1948. I planted the pine tree just south of our house on old 87 across the street from and just north of Losson's Service Station in 1943. The last time I was there it still stood and was the only pine tree in Kress.

Here are a few vintage photos. It was great to live in a town where everyone was a friend." - Jack Williams, July 12, 2005

Mary, Jack and Vida Williams, 1943
"The photo is looking east from our house (the one by the pine tree) toward the grain elevator run by our next door neighbor, Marvin Morton." - Jack Williams

Jack and Yvonne Williams in Kress, Texas, 1938
"Yvonne and Jack in 1938 or 39 at the home of Oscar Williams. The camera is looking East. Across the street to the right, is the old Church of Christ. The old Church was just west of the present church and faced West." - Jack Williams

Jack Williams' school days in Kress Texas
School days in Kress

Kress, Texas Forum
  • Kress of New Deal
    I just wanted to share the fact that I was actually named after this town. My parents grew up in Lubbock and although I was raised in the small town of New Deal, we have a family tradition of names beginning with K, so I became Kress. I have been to Kress a few times but all I can remember is the Alsups [store]. When I was younger people would tell me that I should run for mayor of Kress. I am just not old enough yet! - Kress Hoopes, Odessa Texas, October 10, 2008

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