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OPLIN, TEXAS

Callahan County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas
State Highway 604 and FM 2926
28 Miles SE of Abilene
31 Miles SW of Baird
Population: 0075 (2000)

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Oplin Texas - Jot-Um-Down Store
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
The Jot-Um-Down Store

History on a Pinhead

The town was established in the 1890s and supposedly named after “a South American town” by a local merchant. Oplin was granted a post office in 1903 and reached its high-water mark in 1915 with an estimated population of 300. Ten years later it had declined to only 100.

The 1940 census reported 200 residents – the last substantial numbers before a post war decline. The town lost its post office in the early 1960s and the 1990 census reported 75 Oplinites – the same for 2000.

The current Jot-um Down Store is the former bank and the 1938 High School is now used as a local music venue.

Photographer's Note
“I noticed the picturesque store but there were no cars around or any indication that the place was open. But the sign said open, so I walked up the porch, turned the knob and went inside.

There sat the store’s 75-year old proprietress, a jewel of a lady, as you can see in the photo. She was sitting there, content, watching television. She told me that the store had once been a bank (note the vault door) as well as the town’s post office and a telephone exchange.  In addition, she told me that she and her husband had taken the place over in 1985. She said it had been a big mess when they bought it and they had to do a lot of work cleaning it up.

The store was named after the location for the once-immensely popular Lum and Abner radio program. Besides carrying the staples and necessities of rural householding, they have added a kitchen and grill in the back corner of the store where she cooks hamburgers to order.” - Gerald Massey, July, 2010
Oplin Texas Stone Store ruins
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
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