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QUITAQUE, TEXAS

Briscoe County, Texas Panhandle

34░21'59"N 101░3'19"W (34.366412, -101.055286)
Hwy 86 and FM 1065
16 miles SE of Silverton, the county seat
92 miles SE of Amarillo
12 miles W of Turkey
Population: 411 (2010) 432 (2000) 513 (1990)

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Quitaque peak seen from the Flomot valley, Texas Panhandle

Quitaque peak seen from the Flomot valley
Photo courtesy Eric Blackwell November 2006

History in a Pecan Shell

Comanchero trader JosÚ Piedad Tafoya is said to be the first settler in the area. He operated a trading post from 1865 to 1867, his main customers the Comanches. In 1877 the Lazy F Ranch was formed when George Baker arrived with a herd of cattle.

Charles Goodnight bought the ranch in 1880 and renamed it Quitaque, which someone had convinced him meant "end of the trail." Others say that the real meaning is horse manure - the same story is told of Waxahachie. A third translation supposedly means "whatever one steals."

A post office was established in 1882 and eight years later the town had forty residents. When Briscoe County was organized the townsite was platted.

A school was opened in 1894 and moved to Quitaque in 1902.

In 1907 the Twilla Hotel, a local landmark, opened.

By 1914 the town had seventy-five citizens and the the Fort Worth and Denver South Plains Railway came through town in 1928.

By 1940 the town had a population of 763.
Quitaque Tx - Midway Drive-In Theater
Midway Drive-In Theater
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Quitaque Tx - Midway Drive-In Theater
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Quitaque Tx - Midway Drive-In Theater ticket booth
Midway Drive-In Theater ticket booth
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Quitaque Tx - Midway Drive-In Theater screen
Midway Drive-In Theater screen
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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Texas railroad tunnel on Rails to Trails trail neat Quitaque Texas

A Railroad Tunnel near Quitaque, Texas.
The highlight of the "Rails to Trails" trail about 8-10 miles south of Quitaque.
Photo courtesy Eric Blackwell (left) November 2006

Light at the end of the tunnel
"You can see the ranger's truck tracks through the guano - looks almost like someone has driven through a recent deep snow. The ranger seems to make at least one trip each day along the full length of the trail, which is reassuring for us old bike riders." - Eric Blackwell, November 08, 2006

Quitaque, Texas Area Attractions

  • Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway

  • The Texas State Bison Herd by Linda Kirkpatrick
    Their story began many, many years ago and when you know it your heart will fill with the same pride that you get at you watch Old Glory waving in the breeze.

  • Quitaque Canyon Trail


    Chamber of Commerce: 808-455-1456
  • Quitaque Canyon Trail
    Photo courtesy David Higgins, 2005

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    Quitaque, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Silverton | Turkey | Amarillo
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