TexasEscapes.com HOME Welcome to Texas Escapes
A magazine written by Texas
Custom Search
New   |   Texas Towns   |   Ghost Towns   |   Counties   |   Trips   |   Features   |   Columns   |   Architecture   |   Images   |   Archives   |   Site Map

Yoakum County TX
Yoakum County

Texas Towns
A - Z
Hotels

ALLRED, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Yoakum County, Texas Panhandle

32 59' 10" N, 102 53' 17" W (32.986111, -102.888056)

Just north of Highway 83
S of Plains the county seat
70 Miles SW of Lubbock
Population: 125 est. (2010) 90 (2000)

Allred, Texas Area Hotels › Lubbock Hotels
Allred Tx Road Sign
Allred Texas coming
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010
History in a Pecan Shell

The town is believed to have been named to honor Governor James Allred. Allred (the town) got off to a late start. Walter E. Young and M. A. Shields are credited with founding the 40-acre townsite in 1937, soon after oil was discovered in the vicinity. A water well was dug and construction of buildings began in January of 1938.

The first lot was sold in February and the post office opened in May of '38. Being the Depression and knowing what had happened to other boom towns, city fathers quickly acquired 120 additional acres to accommodate a population estimated to eventually reach 3,000.

Walter Young sold his interest in the townsite to one Pat Malone in January of 1939; under Malone's leadership, the light plant was enlarged and a telephone system was installed. Allred reached a population of 1,200 in 1939, making it the largest town in the county. Allred got it's first newspaper - the Allred Times on May 25, 1939. Publisher Roy Royal published one issue of the newspaper and it folded for reasons not known. By 1940 the population of Allred started a decline without coming near the projected 3,000. After WWII it was down to only 750 residents.

During the school consolidations, Allred's school district merged with that of Sligo. The Allred school was later put to use as a community building.

In the late 50s there were only five households left and the Yoakum County Gas Company cut off their service - saying that it wasn't worth the cost of supplying them. In 1957 church, post office, and grocery closed and the last time it was recorded (1964) Allred's population was 50.


Photographer's Note:
This is Allred. Honest. I drove around looking for something to take a picture of besides houses. - Barclay Gibson
Allred Tx Road Sign
Allred Texas going
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, March 2010

Take a road trip

Allred, Texas Nearby Towns:
Plains the county seat
Lubbock
See Yoakum County, Texas Panhandle

Book Hotel Here:
Lubbock Hotels | More Hotels
Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, landmarks and vintage/historic photos, please contact us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Texas Towns A - Z Texas Regions:
Gulf Texas Gulf Coast East East Texas North Central Texas North Central Woutn Central Texas South Panhandle Texas Panhandle
South South Texas Hill Texas Hill Country West West Texas Ghost Texas Ghost Towns counties Texas Counties

Texas Escapes Online Magazine »   Archive Issues » Home »
TEXAS TOWNS & COUNTIES TEXAS LANDMARKS & IMAGES TEXAS HISTORY & CULTURE TEXAS OUTDOORS MORE
Texas Counties
Texas Towns A-Z
Texas Ghost Towns

TEXAS REGIONS:
Central Texas North
Central Texas South
Texas Gulf Coast
Texas Panhandle
Texas Hill Country
East Texas
South Texas
West Texas

Courthouses
Jails
Churches
Schoolhouses
Bridges
Theaters
Depots
Rooms with a Past
Monuments
Statues

Gas Stations
Post Offices
Museums
Water Towers
Grain Elevators
Lodges
Stores
Banks

Vintage Photos
Historic Trees
Cemeteries
Old Neon
Ghost Signs
Signs
Murals
Gargoyles
Pitted Dates
Cornerstones
Then & Now

Columns: History/Opinion
Texas History
Small Town Sagas
Black History
WWII
Texas Centennial
Ghosts
People
Animals
Food
Music
Art

Books
Texas Railroads

Texas Trips
Texas Drives
Texas State Parks
Texas Rivers
Texas Lakes
Texas Forts
Texas Trails
Texas Maps
USA
MEXICO
HOTELS

Site Map
About Us
Privacy Statement
Disclaimer
Contributors
Staff
Contact Us

 
Website Content Copyright Texas Escapes LLC. All Rights Reserved