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PARMERTON, TEXAS

Once Parmer County Seat

Texas Ghost Town
Parmer County, Texas Panhandle
Highway 60
Halfway between Friona and Bovina
Population: : 0

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Site of Parmerton TX Historical Marker, Parmer County
The Parmerton Marker is midway between Friona and Bovina on US60. Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2008

History in a Pecan Shell

The town was given a name with the arrival of the Pecos Valley and Northern Texas Railroad in 1898. Originally known by the railroad’s designation of Parmer Switch, both town and county were named after Martin Parmer who was one of the signers of the Texas Declaration of Independence.

200 acres of land that had belonged to the XIT Ranch were surveyed and a one story wood frame courthouse was built at Parmerton Hill which was equidistant between Bovina and Friona. A post office opened in September of 1907 but closed eleven months later. Parmerton became Parmer County seat in May of 1907, but it wasn’t a popular decision. On December 10, 1907 a second election was held declaring Farwell the new seat of government. Parmerton didn’t have time to develop a town center, so there was little to move to Farwell save the residents.

oday only the historical marker and a railroad switch mark the town that never got a proper start.

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