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WESTOVER, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Baylor County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
State Highway 114
16 Miles SE of Seymour
NW of Graham
SE of Vernon
Population: 00018 (2000)

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Born with the arrival of the Gulf, Texas and Western Railroad, the name was borrowed from the surname of J. W. Stevens’s wife’s family.

Westover had a school as early as 1913, and for a time operated its own ISD. The school is remembered in both a historical marker and a headstone complete with image.

The community was granted a post office in 1910 which managed to stay open through 1957. No one knows when the town peaked – although the number of students in the 1920s was around 170.

After WWII the number of residents declined from nearly 100 to 61 for the 1970 census. Twenty years later it had reached 58 and the 2000 census reported a mere 18 people left.

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Westover TX - Old House
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Westover TX City Limit
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Westover TX - Historical Marker
Westover Historical Marker
Hwy 114 and Hale Rd.
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Historical Marker Text
Westover
Platted in 1910 on the Gulf, Texas and Western Railroad, Westover developed into a small market center providing goods and services for area farmers and ranchers. J. W. Stevens offered part of his ranchland for the townsite, which was given the maiden name of his mother-in-law. James H.B. Kyle served as first postmaster when the post office was established in 1910. Businesses, including a bank, barbershops, cotton gins and dry goods stores, as well as churches, a school and a cemetery were established to serve area residents. After the commercial area suffered a fire in 1921 and the rail line was abandoned in 1942, many settlers and businesses moved to Seymour.
(2002)
Westover TX - Westover School Historical Marker
Westover School Historical Marker
Hwy 114 and Hale Rd.
Photo courtesy Gerald Massey, June 2010
Historical Marker Text
Westover School
One-half mile east of this site is the location of the former Westover School, which served students in this part of Baylor County from 1910 until 1950. School classes first met in the Church of Christ building in Westover until trustees constructed a frame schoolhouse in 1911. Six years later, that building was replaced by a two-story brick building, which held all eleven grades and included seven classrooms, a library and an auditorium. Enrollment reached 400 students by the 1930s, but with abandonment of the rail line in 1942 and the general movement of people from rural areas after World War II, the student population declined, and Westover School closed in 1950.
(2002)
Westover TX - Westover School Marker
Westover School Marker
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Westover Cemetery
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