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    TULIA, TEXAS

    Swisher County Seat, Texas Panhandle
    "Interstate" 27 and Highway 86
    9 miles N of Plainview
    37 miles S of Canyon
    49 miles S of Amarillo
    24 miles W of Silverton

    Population: 5,117 ( 2000) 4,703 (1990)

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  • Tulia Texas 1910s to 1920s
    Tulia Street Scene - 1910s-1920s
    Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com

    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town was settled by the Tule Creek - a misspelling changed its name to Tulia

    1887: post office was opened 9 miles west of present day Tulia
    1889: post office was moved to what is now Tulia
    1890: county was organized
    1892: the newspaper Tulia Standard was first published
    1900: Tulia became an important stop for wagons going to the railroads in Amarillo and Colorado City
    1906: The Santa Fe Railroad came through
    1907: the first school house was built
    1909: courthouse is erected and city is incorporated
    1920s: streets are bricked

    Tulia, Texas Landmarks/Attractions

  • Swisher County Courthouse
  • Swisher County Museum: 127 SW Second Street
  • Swisher County Courthouse  before renovation.
    The 1909 courthouse was severely modernized in 1962.
    1939 photo courtesy TXDoT
    Swisher County Courthouse
    Tulia, Texas Then & Now
    Texas  - Restored Tulia Santa Fe Depot
    The restored Tulia Santa Fe Depot on the western edge of town
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - Restored Happy, Texas Depot
    "Tulia has three depots. The original Santa Fe Depot, one from Happy, Texas and one from Rolla, Kansas." - Barclay Gibson
    Tulia Tx - Restored Happy Depot
    Happy Santa Fe Depot
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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    Cantrell & Shows Store in Tulia, Texas
    Cantrell & Shows Store
    Corner Maxwell & Acred Avenue, Tulia, early 1900s
    Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
     Tulia, Texas - Cantrell & Shows Store
    Cantrell & Shows Building Today
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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    Tulia Public School, Texas 1908
    Public School Tulia, TX 1908
    Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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    Hotel Tulia, Tulia, Texas
    Hotel Tulia
    Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
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    Tulia Tx - Royal Theater
    The Royal Theatre today
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Royal Theatre, Tulia Texas
    The Royal Theatre in the 1970s (?)
    Photo courtesy Billy Smith
    Tulia Tx - Former Theater Building
    Former theater building in Tulia
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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    Tulia Tx - Street Marker
    Ozark Trails West - Tulia Street Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - Street Marker
    Ozark Trails East - Tulia Street Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - "Ozark Trails East"Street Marker
    Ozark Trails East
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - Ghost Coke Sign
    Ghost Coca-Cola Sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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    Tulia Tx - Rose Hill Cemetery
    Rose Hill Cemetery
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - Rose Hill Cemetery Historical Marker
    Rose Hill Cemetery Historical Marker
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - Rose Hill Cemetery

    "Watch for Rattlesnakes"
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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    Tulia Tx - F-86 Display
    F-86 Display in Tulia
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - F-86 Display
    F-86
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - Closed Grain Elevator
    Birds atop a closed grain elevator
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - Grain Elevator
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
    Tulia Tx - Grain Elevator

    Tulia grain elevators
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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    Tulia Tx - Welcome Sign
    Tulia welcome sign
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
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    Tulia Chamber of Commerce
    P.O. Box 267 Tulia, TX 79088
    (806) 995-2296
    Tulia, Texas Forum
    Subject: The Tulia Court House
    Thank you for the beautiful pictures of the Swisher County Court House. I lived in Tulia in the 50's while in the 5th and 6th grade and always had a fond remembrance of living there. The beautiful Court House in the town square, the drug stores with the cherry lime root beers, the brick streets downtown, the Swisher Creamery, ah yes, those were the days.

    In the 80's I was traveling from Dallas back to California and thought I would take a detour and travel through Tulia and see the house I used to live in and even have a root beer in the drug store on the town square. My first stop coming in from Silverton from the North was the town square.

    I looked at where the beautiful Court House once stood and could only whisper, "Oh my God, what had they done" It was GONE! The one thing of beauty in that dusty part of the world had been removed and in it's place was an ugly building void of character.

    I did not stay to see where I used to live nor did I even look for that drug store. I simply turned around and drove out of town not looking back.

    It is unimaginable that anybody with the sense to slip their shoes on in the morning could have destroyed that building.

    Once again, thanks for the pictures.
    - Joe Wilkerson, Riverside Ca., December 23, 2007
    Tulia watertower, Texas

    Tulia water tower
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
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