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Hansford County Seat, Texas Panhandle

3611'40"N 10111'39"W (36.194450, 101.194048)

State Hwy15, State Hwy 207
FM 759
89 miles NE of Amarillo
30 miles NE of Stinnett
70 miles NW of Pampa
26 miles SW of Perryton
12 miles E of Gruver
ZIP code 79081
Area code 806
Population: 3,256 Est. (2019)
3,368 (2010) 3,021 (2000) 3,197 (1990)

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Spearman TX Main Street
View of Main Street from the courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008

History in a Pecan Shell

In May 1917, the town was laid out (and a post office opened) in anticipation of the arrival of the North Texas and Santa Fe Railway. The town was named for railroad vice president Thomas E. Spearman. Although the railroad was delayed due to World War One, the town didn't let that interfere with its growth.

By the time the railroad arrived in late 1919, the town was well on its way. The town of Hansford, Texas, (6 miles West) lost population and businesses to Spearman and more importantly, an election (1929) deciding which town would be the county seat.

All that remains of Hansford today is the cemetery which up until 1928 was the only cemetery in the county.

The former Hansford County Courthouse (1889) in Hansford was built of brick shipped in from Dodge City, Kansas - the main supply point for the Northern Panhandle.

Spearman incorporated in 1921 and lost much of its business district to fires in 1922 and 1924. By 1926 the population was a healthy 1,000 citizens.

In 1931, the railroad extended to Morse and points southwest, ending Spearman's status as the railroad's terminus. During the Great Depression, vacant lots in town were planted in wheat.

In 1934, famed aviator Colonel Charles Lindbergh and wife Ann Morrow stopped just outside of Spearman for fuel on a cross country trip. Lindbergh, years earlier (1924) had crashed a plane into a hardware store near Camp Wood, Texas (Real County) on a cross-country trip before becoming an air cadet in San Antonio.

The brief event received a historical marker that stands today .4 miles South of 13th Ave and SH 207.

Spearman had a population of 1,105 in 1940 and 4,000 in 1964.

Historical Marker: SH 207 SW


Founded 1917; incorporated 1921. Named for Thomas C. Spearman, a vice-president and head of the Land Department of the Santa Fe Railway. The Santa Fe line was completed to Spearman in 1920, making this the first railroad shipping point in the county. Hansford County, created 1876 and organized 1889, relocated its county seat here in 1929. The courthouse was built 1931. Center for agriculture, wheat storage, ranching, and petroleum industry. Early 1960s growth included 25 new businesses in two years. Streets paved with brick make city distinctive.

Spearman, Texas
Landmarks / Attractions

Hansford County Courthouse, Spearman Texas
Hansford County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008

Spearman Attractions

  • Hansford County Courthouse

  • The Windmill Museum

  • The Stationmaster's House Museum

  • Palo Duro Reservoir - 10 miles north of Spearman on Palo Duro Creek.

  • Spearman TX F.W. Brandt building and ghost sign
    "The Brandt Building on Main Street.
    Built in 1918 as a mercantile in the first county seat of Hansford, this building was moved to Spearman at the arrival of the North Texas and Santa Fe Railway in 1920." - Terry Jeanson, 2008 photo.
    More Texas Ghost Signs

    Historical Marker: 201 Main St.

    Brandt Building

    This frame commercial building with decorative sheet metal siding was constructed in 1918. D. E. Dillow built the structure for the mercantile partnership of P. M. Maize and his brother-in-law Fred Brandt (c. 1962). Originally, located in the nearby community of Hansford (6 miles west), then the county seat, it was moved to this site in 1920. Brandt became sole proprietor of the business nine years later and continued the operation until the 1950s.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1980.

    Spearman TX Main Street  building
    Main Street buildings
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008

    Lyric Theater and Hale Pharmacy , Snyder, Texas
    Main Street, c. 1942 showing Hale Pharmacy and Lyric Theater
    Photo Courtesy Spearman Chamber of Commerce

    Spearman TX Lyric Theatre on Main Street
    Lyric Theatre
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
    More Texas Theatres

    Spearman TX - Windmill on the courthouse lawn.
    Windmill on the courthouse lawn
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
    More Texas Windmills

    Buchanan Windmill Collection
    Part of the Buchanan Windmill Collection near Spearman
    Photo Courtesy Spearman Chamber of Commerce

    Historical Marker: on SH 15/207 about 6 miles from Spearman
    Hansford Cemetery
    First burial ground set aside in this county. Earliest grave (1890) was that of Mrs. Alfie P. Magee, wife of the first sheriff. Also, buried here: the Cator brothers, founders of Zulu Stockade; and the Wright brothers, early ranchers. Only official cemetery in county until 1928; is still in use.
    Recorded Texas Historic Landmark, 1967.

    Deer, Palo Duro Lake, Texas
    Wildlife near Palo Duro Lake
    Photo Courtesy Spearman Chamber of Commerce

    Spearman TX water tower
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
    More Texas Water Towers

    Spearman Tourists Information
  • Spearman Chamber of Commerce: 806-659-5555
    PO Box 161 Spearman, Texas 79081
    We thank Gina Gillispie, Spearman Chamber of Commerce, for sending us their photos and information.

  • Hansford County TX 1940s  Map
    Hansford County 1940s map
    From Texas state map #4335
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Spearman, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Amarillo | Stinnett | Pampa | Perryton
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