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GIRARD, TEXAS

Kent County, Texas Panhandle
State Highway 70 and FM 643
9 Miles NW of Jayton
NE of Clairemont, Snyder & Post

Population: 00062 (2000)

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Kent County TX - Girard Cemetery
Girard Cemetery
Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, May 2010

History in a Pecan Shell

Born with the arrival of the Stamford and Northwestern Railway about 1909, the community was named for the bookkeeper for the Swenson Land and Cattle Company. Mr. Swenson donated the railroad’s right-of-way and thought enough of his bookkeeper to name the town after him. The community received a post office that same year (1909).

The early 1900s were kind to Girard and it could boast twenty businesses by the 1920s, including a hotel, an ice plant, theater and a newspaper. Unfortunately no population figures are available for this period.

Girard was hit hard by the Great Depression and the postwar exodus to urban areas. By the 1980s the population was well below 200 and what few businesses were left were of the agricultural variety. The community’s three churches remain active.

Between the 1990 census and the 2000 census the population has declined by half to a mere 62 prople.
Kent County TX - Girard Cemetery Veterans Memorial
Girard Cemetery Veterans Memorial
Photo courtesy Rick Vanderpool, May 2010
1920s Kent County Texas Map

1920s Kent County Map showing Girard (Near Dickens County line)
Courtesy of Texas General Land Office

1940s Kent County Texas Map
1940s Kent County Map showing Girard
Courtesy of Texas General Land Office
Girard, Texas
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