a Pecan Shell
The town's name
is pronounced O. P. Dike - just as you would pronouce someone's name.
The someone in this case was probably Charles W. Opdyke, director
of the Santa Fe Railroad. It is also suggested that the name could've
been after a relative of the man (W. A. Dykes) who had built the town's
first cotton gin
Opdyke had no 19th Century history. The town got started in 1925 -
and it wasn't until 1945 that they had a population of 50. All activities
revolved around the gin throughout the 40s and 50s with a service
station/general store to serve the needs of the citizens. By the late
50s the Farmers Co-op Gin was the town's last business.
[See Texas Cotton & Cotton Gins
lived in Opdyke during 1958-59. My father, Jesse Lee Minchew, was
the cotton gin manager during that time. We lived in a house provided
on the highway not too far from the gin. My sister and I (ages 6
& 8 yr old) played in the cast off old gin machinery and huge metal
conduit tubes, pretending we were on space ships. My sister and
I were the first ones on the Levelland ISD school bus and the last
ones off. Long bus rides! I remember fondly of those times reading
comments of Opdyke. Thanks." - Leanne Minchew Crawford, January
a line to say that Opdyke, Texas is 5 miles EAST (not south) of
Hwy 114 a half mile west of Fm 2646. The store/gas station was open
until the mid 70's and the Opdyke Coop Gin was the last business
I have lived at or near three different ghost towns during my life.
My family lived at Frankel
County) in the Halliburton camp during the mid to late 50's.
Then moved to a farm south of Draw,
Texas (Lynn County)
when my father started farming in 1961. Finally we moved to a farm
and Opdyke in 1964 in Hockley
County. I seem to have a knack for closing small towns.
I have enjoyed reading the stories and looking at pictures of Texas
on your web site." - George Childress Jr., July 13, 2010
County map showing Opdyke just E of Levelland
From Texas state map #4335
Texas General Land Office
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