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ROWE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Donley County, Texas Panhandle

FM 1932
near Highway 287
14 miles SE of Clarendon
1 Mile NW of Hedley
NW of Memphis
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

The Fort Worth and Denver City railroad established Rowe as a shipping point for cattle in 1890. The name is credited to Alfred Rowe, the English immigrant rancher who founded the RO Ranch. A post office opened the following year and the streets were named and the town was platted in 1893.

The town soon developed all the essential businesses including school, bank, newspaper and passenger depot. By the time the 20th Century arrived, Rowe was ready and horizons seemed limitless. But considering the geography in this part of Texas, many towns enjoyed limitless horizons. Disputes arose on the way the town was being managed - and in 1907 disgruntled residents were moving their houses and businesses (including the post office) about a mile to the southeast. Rowe was abandoned and in its place, the town of Hedley grew.

The old Rowe cemetery sits alongside FM 1932 - just a mile N or Hedley on FM 1932.

Rowe TX - Donley County 1906 Postmark

Rowe TX - Donley County 1906 Postmark

Postcard cancelled with Rowe, TX 1906 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Donley County TX 1907 Postal Map
Donley County 1907 postal map showing Rowe SE of Clarendon
From 1907 Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
More Donley County vintage maps

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Rowe, Texas and the Naming of Claude, Clarendon and Mobeetie, Texas

Letter from Col. Bain of Plentywood, Montana

[Dear Editor] "Note that Mobeetie was named after W.Henry Fleming's wife who was a beekeeper and had a garden of flowers there. Her name was Maudie Fleming and she was always busy as a bee...therefore being named mabeetee then Mo bee te...

My great grandmother is buried in Rowe, Texas. A lot of my family came from Texas and they still live all over it.

Here is another piece for you - Reaves burned down Rowe, Texas because he owned the land where Hedley now sits. This can be verified. My great-great-grandfather was Omel Hill ( O.C. Hill) or M. Thomas Giovanni Augustino - both were the same person. He is also buried in Rowe. The only Hill left is [a relative] who lives in Amarillo. My dad Otho Bain (1923-2000) was born in Claude which was named after Uncle Claude Bain. Clarendon was named after grandmother Clarise Hodges Bain. They felt it might jeopardize them [by revealing] their location to bounty hunters who wanted my family dead; so it was called Clarendon.

I am a Monk and teacher and will be releasing a three book series in Montana and doing some documentaries on the old west. I reside in Plentywood, Montana way to the north - close to Bainville where John S. Bain and Chaz Bain named the settlement. He is [included in] one of my books to be released in 2008. Sometimes books are not all made in truth nor documents either. When my books come out, it's hoped the information will serve as research tools for children to learn about things seldom told. I have been collecting His-story for over thirty six years." - Colonel R. H. Bain, Historian-Theologian, Plentywood, Montana, February 5, 2005

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