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ZULU, TEXAS
AKA Zulu Stockade

Hansford County, Texas Panhandle
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Population: Unknown

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History in a Pecan Shell

Although it was never a community, Zulu Station deserves inclusion for being the first non-native “foothold” in what would become Hansford County.

The area was grazing land for the huge herds of buffalo that roamed these vast expanses. In 1873 when the area was still under Comanche “occupation” James and Robert Cator arrived. The English brothers had been sent by their father to start a farm in Kansas, but buffalo hunting was a faster way to make a living – without depending on cooperating weather.
Herd of Buffallo, Good Night Ranch, Goodnight Texas
Herd of Buffalo, Good Night Ranch, Goodnight, Texas
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/
As the buffalo were slaughtered, and the Red River Wars* removed the Comanche into Indian Territory, the brothers and their sister Clara decided to try ranching. They settled in along North Palo Duro Creek and built a house. They were soon joined by others who replaced the dead buffalo herds with domestic cattle.

They named their house and store the Zulu Stockade – perhaps for the prairies resemblance to the Zulu-lands of South Africa (which would soon erupt in the 1879 Zulu War).

When Hansford County was organized in1876, there were so few people that the county had to be administered by Wheeler County. The first census taken was in 1880 when only 18 people were counted.

Descendants of the Cators and Billy Dixon of Adobe Walls fame, continue to live in the region.
Hansford County Texas 1907 Postal map
1907 Hansford County postal map showing Zulu and Hansford. Spearman has yet to be formed. Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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