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SEYMOUR, TEXAS

Baylor County Seat, Texas Panhandle / Central Texas North

3335'30"N 9915'39"W (33.591552, -99.260968)
Highways 82, 183, 283, and 277
and FM 422 and FM 1919
35 miles NW of Olney
32 miles E of Benjamin
23 miles NE of Munday
44 Miles S of Vernon
50 miles SW of Wichita Falls
Population: 2,740 (2010) 2,908 (2000) 3,185 (1990)

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Seymour TX - Robert Seydler Drug Store
Courtesy Lauren Bush, Economic Development Director, City of Seymour
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Seymour, Texas Topics:

  • History in a Pecan Shell
  • Seymour Texas Landmarks/Attractions & photo gallery
  • Baylor County Courthouse next page
  • Seymour Old Photos
  • Seymour Old Photos - Picking Cotton in 1943 next page

  • History in a Pecan Shell

    Originally the town was named Oregon City after it was settled by people from Oregon. The town grew around the crossing of the Brazos River with the Western Trail. With the opening of the post office in 1879 the town underwent a change of name to Seymour after a cowboy named Seymour Munday. 1879 was a busy year with a newspaper appearing, the first store opening and the post office opening.

    An abbreviated timeline of significant events:

    1880: A stone hotel was built and the Baylor county judge was killed.
    1884: The Baylor county courthouse was constructed when the town had a population of 500.
    1890: Construction of the Wichita Valley began after citizens raised $50,000 to pay the railroad
    1892: The town corporation was dissolved because of inability to meet obligations. Population is 1,900.
    1904: Population is 1,475
    1906: Oil discovered and the town incorporated for the second time.
    1950: Population reaches 3,778.

    Seymour, Texas Landmarks/Attractions

    Current Baylor County Courthouse, Seymour Texas
    Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2006
    Baylor County Courthouse
    Seymour Tx 1890 - Former Baylor County Jail

    The 1890 former Baylor County Jail.
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2009
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    Seymour TX - Whiteside Museum
    Whiteside Museum of Natural History
    Courtesy Lauren Bush, Economic Development Director, City of Seymour
    Seymour TX - Baylor County Museum
    Baylor County Museum
    Courtesy Lauren Bush, Economic Development Director, City of Seymour
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    Seymour Tx - First Christian Church
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2009
    First Christian Church of Seymour
    Seymour Tx City Hall
    Seymour City Hall
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2009
    Seymour Tx Water Dept Neon
    Water department neon
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2009
    Seymour Tx Closed Auto Dealer
    Closed auto dealer
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2009
    Seymour TX Baylor County WW1 & WW2 Memorial
    Baylor County WWI & WWII Memorial
    Courtesy Lauren Bush, City of Seymour
    Seymour TX - Water Tower

    Seymour Water Tower
    Courtesy Lauren Bush, City of Seymour
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    Seymour Tx - Work Truck
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2009
    Seymour, Texas Vintage Photos
    Seymour TX Bridge Turkey Trot
    Bridge & Turkey Trot in Seymour, postmarked 191?
    Postcard courtesy William Beauchamp Collection
    Seymour TX - Hotel at Lake Kemp
    Hotel at Lake Kemp
    Courtesy Lauren Bush, Economic Development Director, City of Seymour
    More Rooms with a Past
    Seymour Texas - picking cotton
    Seymour Texas Old Photos
    Picking Cotton in 1943

    Photos courtesy Jesse Suttles
    Seymour Area Recreation

    Millers Creek Reservoir -
    http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us.htm

    Seymour Chronicles
  • From Old-time Cowboy by Mike Cox
    "In the summer of 1896, as a long-defunct magazine called the Illustrated Texas Monthly noted the following year, the people of Baylor County put together a reunion for old-time drovers and "[an] exhibition of horseback athletics...." In other words, a rodeo.

    The following year, during the first week of August, Seymour saw its second cowboy reunion. An estimated 20,000 people showed up for an event featuring "bronco bustin' by which the tenderfoot will understand the breaking and riding of wild mustangs; steer-roping in approved cow-boy style; and a notable gathering of Comanche Indians under their chief, Quanah Parker...."

    The magazine's editor opined that the Baylor County reunion-exhibition had proven "creditable alike in its conception and its execution." " more

  • Record Heat in Texas - August 12, 1936 Cartoon by Roger T. Moore

  • Take a road trip
    Seymour , Texas Nearby Towns:
    Wichita Falls | Olney | Benjamin | Munday | Vernon
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