in a Bottle
Opdyke West has no 19th Century history and came close not to having
a 20th Century history. It wasn't until 1984 when the community
decided to incorporate. The community thought hard and long before
coming up with a name. (See Opdyke, Texas.)
What had previously been a trailer-park was to become a town. The
region had been "dry" (as in the licensing of liquor) but with the
new community, the game was changed. Oilfield workers provided the
demand and although it has decreased from 200 residents at the time
of incorporation, Opdyke West has maintained a fairly decent population
(for the region) and amenities have grown to include a barbeque
stand and a drive-through store.
All I could see were mobile homes. Probably the remnants of when
Reese Air Force Base was viable.
The sign is located on SH 114 5.5 miles east of Levelland."
Gibson, April 19, 2014
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