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RULE, TEXAS

Haskell County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
Intersection of Hwys 6 and 380
55 miles N of Abilene
18 miles NW of Stamford
10 miles W of Haskell
20 miles E of Aspermont
Population 698 (2000)

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Rule, Texas street with train, depot, horses, windmill... mural by Larry LeFevre
Mural by local artist Larry LeFevre
Photo courtesy Rule Chamber of Commerce

History in a Pecan Shell

William Rule, a railroad official of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway is the town’s namesake. Rule was established before the arrival of the railroad with the post office opening in 1903, two years before the arrival off the first train.

A Mr. J. L. Jones provided the land for Rule and an optimistic A. C. Foster invested in the town’s first businesses. The first bank and newspaper started in 1906.

Rule was incorporated in 1908 – the date shown at the top of the mural.

In 1912 Rule had a population estimated at a respectable 891, which wasn’t bad for a town with the county seat only ten miles away. Its population reached its zenith in 1960 with 1,347 Rulers residing there. It declined to just over 1,000 in 1984.

A Veteran's Monument inscribed with the names of over 800 servicemen was erected in 1990. In 1991 Rule’s population was 789. The area remains a center for cotton, wheat and peanut crops.

Rule, Texas Today

Downtown Rule, Texas
Downtown Rule
Photo courtesy Richard & Judy Berger, 2004
Rule Tx 1924 IOOF building
The 1924 IOOF building in Rule
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Rule City Hall, Rule Texas
Rule City Hall
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
Rule Texas old motel neon sign
Old neon in Rule
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Rule Cemetery, Rule Texas
Rule Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Rule, Texas drive-in theatre
Drive-in theatre
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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Rule water tower
Rule water tower

Rule Chamber of Commerce

(940) 997-2141

Our special thanks to Orheana Greeson for her kind words on Texas Escapes and for sending in the photos and information on Rule.

Ms. Greeson includes the information that Rule is a quiet town made up of mostly retired people. Property is available, reasonably priced and taxes
are low.

Photo courtesy Rule Chamber of Commerce

Rule, Texas
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