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O'BRIEN, TEXAS


Haskell County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas

33 22' 48" N, 99 50' 31" W (33.38, -99.841944)

Highway 6 and FM 2229
15 miles S of Benjamin
3 Miles S of Knox City
5 Miles N of Rochester
NW of Haskell the county seat
70 miles N of Abilene
Approx 78 Miles SW of Wichita Falls
ZIP code 79539
Area code 940
Population: 102 Est. (2019)
106 (2010) 132 (2000) 152 (1990)

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O'Brien Tx Road Sign
Entering O'Brien
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

History in a Pecan Shell

Railroad superintendent Nick O'Brien became the town's namesake when the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway arrived in 1906 even though there had been a nearby community named Carney. O'Brien had a population of 350 in 1915 and by 1940 it was at its peak of 800.

The town had the misfortune of being in the path of a tornado in 1953 which destroyed a good part of the town. Although the town rebuilt (and finally incorporated in 1958), it never fully recovered. Improvements included a new fire station, sewer, and city hall, but the population never exceeded the 287 people reported for the 1960 census. O'Brien was just too near Rochester and Knox City. The population was 258 in 1970, 212 in 1980, 152 in 1990 and the present estimate is 106.

O'Brien Tx Overgrown Business
Overgrown business
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008


O'Brien Tx Overgrown House
Overgrown house
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008


O'Brien Tx stand pipe
O'Brien stand pipe
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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O'Brien, Texas Nearby Towns:
Haskell the county seat
Benjamin
Knox City
Rochester
Wichita Falls
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