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KAMAY, TEXAS
AKA Kemp City

Wichita County, Texas Panhandle / Central Texas North

33 51' 28" N, 98 48' 29" W (33.857778, -98.808056)

TX Hwy 258
12 Miles SW of Wichita Falls the county seat
NW of Archer City
ZIP code 76369
Population: 642 est. (2000)

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Kamay TX - road sign
Entering Kamay
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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History in a Pecan Shell

The town began life in 1912 as an investment of three partners who bought 1,000 acres of land. The plan was to resell it to farmers, but after a few parcels were sold, the partners took the unsold acreage of the market and went into the oil exploration business.

They pooled $50,000 and registered the K-M-A Oil Company.

As wells started coming in, a town developed around the rigs. The town took the name of the oil company, which had been shortened to just K-M-A. It was called Kemp City (after investor Frank Kemp) in the late 1920s.

The oil kept the Great Depression at bay and by 1938 there were over 100 producing wells. It was about this time that the town needed a new name since a Kemp already existed.

Postal authorities rejected the application with the three initials K-M-A so by adding a couple of more letters the name became Kamay.

For sometime the community retained the name Kemp City. In the late 1940s Kamay had a population of 700 a figure it kept through the mid 1950s.

From the late 1950s to the present the number of residents has been reported as 642.

Kamay TX - First Baptist Church
First Baptist Church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Kamay TX - Close FINA gas station
Close FINA gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009
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Kamay TX - Closed shop
Closed shop
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April 2009

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