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PARNELL, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Hall County, Texas Panhandle
State Highway 86
About 6 Miles W of Estelline

SW of Memphis

Population: 0043 (estimated 1990)

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Parnell School ruins
Photo courtesy Stephen Taylor, December 2009
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History in a Pecan Shell

S. H. Parnell was the community namesake. A school was constructed near here in 1901 on land owned by G.E. Grubbs and in 1905 the town was platted just NW of the school. The community soon had a gin and a store, the latter receiving a post office in 1912. The Fort Worth and Denver Railroad was extending its tracks west from Estelline in the 1920s and it was predicted that Parnell would boom as a result of the railroads arrival.

Although the population was a mere 25 in the mid 1920s, it reached 500 by the end of that decade. The town could boast three stores, a lumberyard, a café, hotel and a church. The town also had a brick school.

The Great Depression hit the town hard. It returned to just 25 residents by 1933 although it gained 50 more citizens before WWII.

The Parnell school merged with Estelline, and the post office closed in the early 1970s. By 1980 the town was left with just a church, community center and a cemetery.

Photographer's Note:
Parnell was a community in Hall County, about 6 miles west of Estelline. The school apparently burned at some point and all that is left is part of the foundation. - Stephen Taylor

1920s Hall County Map
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1920s Hall County Map showing Parnell (SW of Memphis)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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