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UPLAND, TEXAS

First Upton County Seat

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Upton County, West Texas

About 10 Miles N of Rankin the county seat
S of Midland
Population: 0

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Upland Texas - Former Upland County Courthouse Ruins
The remains of the 1911 Upton County Courthouse in Upland. On private land. Pieces of the old jail still stands.
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, 2005

History in a Pecan Shell

The first county seat of Upton County tried its best to comply with state law and located very near the countyís geographic center. It was granted a post office in 1907 and was platted the following year by Henry Halff. Upland was officially declared the county seat in May of 1910.

With a centered county seat, a small but growing population, and even a newspaper, Uplandís future looked bright despite a severe lack of water and poor soil. Residents held out against nature, but it was progress that doomed the town.

Upland joined the long list of ghost towns that were killed by being bypassed by the railroad. The year was 1911 and the population of Upland relocated to Rankin, even going so far as to move the hotel there in 1912. The newspaper moved to Rankin as well and although the post office held out for a few more years, it closed in 1918.

Today there is the historic marker in the Upton County Courthouse to serve as Uplandís tombstone. The name still appears on old maps and perhaps some faded postmarks on brittle envelopes in distant trunks.
Upland TX Historical Marker
Upland Historical Marker
On Courthouse Lawn,
corner of 10th and Rankin St.
Rankin

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, February 2013
Historical Marker:

Upland First Upton County Seat

Now abandoned, the town of Upland (10 miles N) was intended as a station on the rail line from St. Louis to Chihuahua, Mexico. It was also located near the stage route of the Butterfield mail line. Henry Halff and his son platted the townsite in 1908 and a school opened the same year. In 1910 Upland was named the first county seat and a stone courthouse was constructed later. By passed by new rail lines and suffering from a severe drought, the town declined. Homes and buildings were moved here by 1921 when Rankin became the new seat of government.
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Upton County TX 1920s
1920s Upton County map showing Upland and Rankin
From Texas state map #10749
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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