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HARROLD, TEXAS


Wilbarger County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas

34 4' 50" N, 99 1' 56" W (34.080556, -99.032222)

Highways 287 and 240, at FM 1763
7 miles E of Oklaunion
16 miles E of Vernon the county seat
7 miles NW of Electra
35 miles NW of Wichita Falls
29 miles W of Burkeburnett
Population: 320 est. (2010, 2000)

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Harrold Texas water tower
Harrold water tower
Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine 2006

History in a Pecan Shell

Like many of the small towns along highway 287, Harrold was born with the arrival of the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway in 1884. Previously the community had been known as Cottonwood. The town was renamed after local rancher Ephraim Harrold. Harrold (the town) became the western terminus for the railroad and prospered as a result. The town was granted a post office in 1885. Promotion was vibrant and within a year the town had 1,500 new citizens - making it a boom town and acquiring the reputation that came along with it. At one time the town boasted (quietly) that it had 16 saloons.

But nothing lasts and when the railroad extended to Vernon, Harrold shrank back into a typical railroad shipping point town of several hundred citizens. A second (minor) boom occured in 1924 when oil was discovered just outside of town.

The population of Harrold actually increased during the Great Depression - from 349 in 1929 to 375 by WWII. The population remained there into the 1950s and started a decline as people left for larger cities. It has since grown back - returning to 320 people for the 2000 census.

Grain elevators in Harrold  Texas
Grain elevators in Harrold
Photo Courtesy Ken Rudine 2006


TX Wilbarger County 1907 Postal Map
Wilbarger County 1907 Postal Map showing Harrold
Between Vernon and Electra
From Texas state map #2090
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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Harrold, Texas Nearby Towns:
Vernon the county seat
Oklaunion
Electra
Wichita Falls
Burkeburnett
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