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STINNETT, TEXAS

Hutchinson County Seat, Texas Panhandle

State highways 152 and 207
30 miles E of Dumas
35 miles SW of Spearman
11 miles N of Borger
40 miles NW of Pampa
61 miles NE of Amarillo
Population: 1,800 (2010)

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Hutchinson County Courthouse regional details, Stinnett, Texas
Regional details over the courthouse front entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008

History in a Pecan Shell

The town got a late start as far as most county seats go. It wasn’t until the summer of 1926 when town builder “Ace” Borger (namesake of Borger, Texas) and his partner J.T. Peyton sold lots in the fledgling community. The town’s namesake was Amarillo resident Albert Sydney Stinnett, who bought the right-of-way for the the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway (Amarillo Branch).

The population soared from almost zero to 2,500, making it the largest town in the county. The former seat of government in Plemons was forced to relinquish that title when a special election was held in September of 1926.

The community managed to profit from the mid-1920s oil boom, but without gaining a reputation for lawlessness, even though a bootlegger was shot to death in the county jail. Illegal liquor seems to have been the town’s major vice during Prohibition with just about any business in town supplying it.

The boom was over when oil prices bottomed out with the onset of the Great Depression. From a population nearing 3,000, Stinnett fell to just 500 residents. Seventy-five businesses shrank to fewer than twenty. As the new decade began, 635 people were counted for the 1940 Census. By 1960 it had grown to 2,695. The Census of 1990 reported 2,260 residents, the 2000 Census counted 1,936 and the 2010 Census had just over 1,800 residents calling Stinnett home.

Stinnett Namesake

Albert Sidney Stinnett was born in 1863 and named after Confederate General Albert Sydney Johnston (who had died the previous year). Born in Belton (Bell County), he moved his family to Amarillo from Fort Worth in 1905 and became a tireless promoter of Amarillo and the entire region. He sold his business to devote his time exclusively to development and spent two years getting the Rock Island Railroad to connect their existing lines to Amarillo, even financing part of construction costs to Kansas. He died in Amarillo in January of 1935 and was buried in that city’s Llano Cemetery.

Stinnett Landmarks / Area Destinations

Hutchinson County Courthouse back, Stinnett, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
Hutchinson County Courthouse
Issac McCormick Pioneer Cottage, Stinnett Texas
The Issac McCormick Pioneer Cottage (On the Square)
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
  • Markers for the Two Battles of Adobe Walls are located 18 miles NE of Stinnet
  • Lake: Meredith/Sanford Recreation Area
    16,000 acres managed by the National Park Service.

    A scenic drive
    A 25-mile loop - South on FM687, FM 1319 and East on Hwy 136
    It crosses the Canadian River, eh?

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  • Hutchinson County Tx Canadian River Bridge
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2007
    Canadian River Bridge Hutchinson County
    Issac McCormick Cottage historical marker, Stinnett Texas
    Issac McCormick Cottage historical marker
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
     Water tower and sunrise in  Stinnett Texas
    Sunrise in Stinnett
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, March 2008
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    1940s map showing the Canadian River
    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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