Photo courtesy Patricia Hamilton
a Pecan Shell
The original name had been Jay Flat and the
town was two miles northwest of the present location.
A time line of significant historic events
1886: Post office opened - first postmaster is Daniel Jay - part of
the family that the town was named after.
1907: Stamford and Northwestern Railroad comes nearby and town moves
1908: The first newspaper - The Jayton Herald is published.
1910: Jayton is incorporated
Fires destroyed many businesses in Jayton until waterlines and hydrants
were set in place in the mid-1920s.
loses court fight for county seat status - and Jayton becomes county
1957: Jayton builds their own courthouse.
Landmarks / Attractions
& Old Photos
Busted Flat in Jayton, Texas by Mary Mathias
"I will always treasure the years I lived where we had a sand storm
every Friday and where the people would get up in the middle of the
night to help people they didn’t know." more
Texas in 1914
The above photo
was taken in 1914. This was on Saturday afternoon and the town band
is seated on the benches playing music. My father, Thomas W. Fowler
played trumpet in this band. He was a young man at the time. The townsfolk
and people who lived on farms gathered on the square each Saturday
afternoon to visit and listen to the band.
This picture was in my mother's box of keepsake pictures and the date
(1914) is written on the back. The photo itself has yellowed and has
a couple of small tears in it so I took a picture of it with my digital
camera using a high resolution and we were able to zoom in and read
the signs on the buildings. You may be able to read "Bryant-Link Co."
on the building on the right. On the white top building about the
middle of the picture, the sign says "Corner Drug Store." Over on
the left hand side there is a sign that reads "Glen Hancock". Underneath
it says "Furniture" and underneath "Furniture" it says "Undertaker."
My husband and I knew Glen Hancock in later years when we were growing
up in Jayton. - Patricia Hamilton, Jayton, Texas (Yes, we are still
living in Jayton. We were both born here.) May 09, 2006
Subject: The Coffee Pot Cafe
My husband and I remember the Coffee Pot Cafe from our childhood days
and it was a treat to eat one of the good hamburgers there. As you
can see by the photo, it looked exactly like a coffee pot. This cafe
was around in the 1930s and early 40s. My husband is now 76 yrs old
and I am 70 so we have some very good memories of those days in Jayton.
Sincerely, Patricia Hamilton, Jayton, Texas, May 09, 2006
Subject: Jayton and Temple Tractor Factories
Looking for Information on either the Piasa Tractor Company of Jayton,
Texas or the Prairie Queen Tractor Mfg. Company of Temple,
Texas. The Jayton company was incorporated in 1913 to build
tractors, but no other information is known. As far as the Prairie
Queen Tractor Company of Temple, In the early 1920s, the Prairie
Queen 8-16 tractor (using a Gray Victory engine), appeared on the
market, but for unknown reasons it left the market in or after 1922.
It was priced at $765. Other than that no other details about the
company or its tractor have been located. - Jim White, Liberty Hill,
Texas, September 16, 2006
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing
Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories,
landmarks and recent or vintage photos, please contact