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True Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texas

Life in Floyd County Tx 1850 to 1950


Floyd County, Texas 1905 to 1964 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers.



South Side of Square in Floydada in 1920sSouth Side of Square in Floydada in 1920s

Stores, Model T's, a July Clean-Up  Sale and a strange vehicle driving down the street in Floydada in the 1920s . . . see the detail

West Side of Main Street Lockney Texas in 1920sWest Side of Main Street Lockney Texas in 1920s

Model T cars and trucks line the dirt street on the west side of main street in front of Morgan & Co. Farm Machinery, Mercantile, Groceries and Dry Goods, in Lockney Texas in early 1920s . . . tap thumbnail to view full size

East Side of Main Street in Lockney in 1920sEast Side of Main Street in Lockney in 1920s

Looking north on main street in Lockney in 1920s you would see farm-made trucks and model T's in front of CS Morris & Company Groceries, Elayres Dry Goods and Riley Brewster & Reed on the right side of the dirt street . . . take a look

Mama's Wondering Boys are Canada Bound in 1927Mama's Wondering Boys are Canada Bound in 1927

In 1927 Zant Scott and a friend set off in their Model T on an 1400 mile adventure to follow the wheat harvest from Floydada Texas to Canada. Hand written on the back of the car someone had written, Canada Bound and Mamma's Wandering Boys. To leave no doubt as to where . . . read more see full size

West Side of Square in Floydada in 1926West Side of Square in Floydada in 1926

Very busy day in downtown Floydada in 1926. Cars take up all the parking spaces in front of Clark-Wood Dry Goods, Stephens Store, Woody Drug and Stansell & Collins Groceries and Hardware and crowds gather to get into the movie theatre . . . view this photo full size

Carr's Chapel in 1914 Floyd County TexasCarr's Chapel in 1914

In 1914 a large group of worshipers showed up at Carr's Chapel a small country church in the Allmon community in Floyd County Texas located on FM378 10 miles northeast of Petersburg, 14 miles southwest of Floydada . . . See it full size

Boys Make 400 Mile Trip on HorsebackBoys aged 5 and 7 Make 400 Mile Journey on Horseback

The Lockney Beacon published this report in September 1909 about two boys age 5 and 7 who undertook an incredible journey from Guthrie Oklahoma to Santa Fe New Mexico on horseback with a stop in Silverton Texas. Here's the story as told by Judge Kinder.

Cowboys in Blanco Canyon, Floyd County Texas in 1904Cowboys Gather in Blanco Canyon, Floyd County Texas in 1904

Cowboys, their horses, corrals, barns, and bunkhouse can be seen in this amazing photo taken in the Blanco Canyon south of Floydada in 1904.

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1907 BuickA Trip from Tahoka to Floydada in a Buick Named Cassie

In 1907 the Lynn County News documented a family's journey from Tahoka to Floydada via Lubbock, Plainview and Lockney in a Buick named Cassie. It's a fascinating story of the people they traveled with and the people From Tahoka, Lubbock, Plainview, Lockney and Floydada . . . see the article

Lockney Christian College, Lockney Texas 1894 - 1918Lockney Christian College, Lockney Texas 1894 - 1918

Lockney Christian College was established by Charles Walker Smith and St. Clair W. Smith, two evangelists of the Church of Christ. The first school year began on October 2, 1894, in a frame building, with Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Burleson as the first teachers. The school opened with sixteen students and had fifty students by the end of the year . . .

Lockney Christian College Under Construction in 1908Lockney Christian College Under Construction in 1908

In 1908 these nine construction workers posed for a photo of the Lockney Christian College they were building. The photo shows the wood frame building the stone structure will replace. Once the building was completed, the college was renamed the Lockney College and Bible School . . . see full size

Lockney College and Bible School in 1909Lockney College and Bible School 1909

In 1909 the Lockney College and Bible School Posted this in the Lockney Beacon showing names and photos of the teachers and board of directors as well as photos of the college, and eight girls who were boarded there . . .  See the full image

Main Street in Lockney Texas in 1909Main Street in Lockney Texas in 1909
Man walks his horse down an empty main street in Lockney Texas in 1909 in this rare old photo . . . look closer
Lockney Texas High School Football Team in 1939Lockney High School Football Team in 1939

18 members of the Lockney High School Football team posed for this group photo with their coach in 1939 . . . see full size

Building the Clarity Tunnel in Floyd County in 1927Building Clarity Tunnel in Floyd County in 1927

The Quitaque Railway Tunnel or Clarity Tunnel is a 582 feet railway tunnel in Floyd County, Texas about 10 miles southwest of Quitaque. Construction started in 1927, and the tunnel was completed and opened for use in 1930. The tunnel cuts . . . see this rare photo and read more

Clarity Tunnel at Exit Near Quitaque in 1928Clarity Tunnel at Exit Near Quitaque

On December 17, 1928, residents of Quitaque and Turkey Texas turned out for this crystal clear photo of the the first locomotive to come through their end of the Clarity Tunnel

Two Families Camp Out in  Floyd County Texas in 1920sTwo Families Camp Out in Floyd County Texas in 1920s

Somewhere on the prairie in Floyd County Texas two families camped in the 1920s. It's unclear if this was recreational or a layover to repair one of the cars in this photo captured by Wilson Studios Floydada Texas . . . see full size

Railroad Grading Team in Floyd and Hale Counties 1909Grading for Railroad to Plainview, Lockney and Floydada Completed

Grading for the railroad extension to connect Plainview, Lockney and Floydada was completed by mule and ox teams on November 4, 1909 in Lockney . . . see large photo and read more

Railroad workers in northern Floyd county 1927Railroad Workers Pause for Photo While Building Railroad in Northern Floyd County Texas in 1927

Meet the men who connected Floyd County with the rest of the world in 1927

Floydada Texas about 1908Floydada Texas about 1908

Horses and wagons on dirt streets in Floydada Texas in 1908. By 1910 the population of Floydada would reach 664.

North Side of Square in Floydada Texas in Early 1900sNorth Side of Square in Floydada in Early 1900s

North side of square in Floydada Texas including images of period cars and people of the hardware store and  (Believe it or Not) a cafe that also sold gas and oil . . . See for yourself

Street Scene Floydada Texas early 1900sStreet Scene Floydada Texas early 1900s

Shoppers in front of hardware, dry goods and drug store on Floydada's dirt street in late 1800's to early 1900's

South Side of Square Floydada Tx 1909

Photo features Boerner & Nelson's Cash Grocery, Snodgrass Dry Goods and farmers bringing wagon loads of grain to town . . . see full size

West side of square in Floyd City Texas (Floydada) 1890sWest Side of Square Floydada

West side of square in Floyd City Texas (Floydada) showing pedestrians in front of the Hardware store, Floyd City Dry Goods, drug store and more. I'm dating this photo as 1890's because . . . read more and see the full size photo

Floydada Texas Street Scene in 1921

Incredible photo of southwest corner of square in Floydada in 1921 showing Leach's, Brown Brothers, Mitchell Bros Furniture and Implements, First National Bank, Houston's Dry Goods, Stephen Store and Woody Drug Co.

Floydada Texas School 1907Floydada Texas School 1907

Four boys stand on the porch of Floydada schoolhouse and talk with younger boy on donkey in this postcard dated 1907

Main Street Floydada Texas in 1950Main Street Floydada Texas in 1950

Rainy day on Main Street in Floydada in 1950's

Tastee-Freeze in Floydada in early 1950'sTastee-Freeze in Floydada in early 1950's

The Tastee-Freeze was a popular place to eat in Floydada Texas in the 50s and 60s.

Mobile Store In Floydada Texas in 1907

Boerner-Nelson's Mobile Store ready to deliver leather goods and groceries to surrounding communities, farms and ranches in 1907.

Marisue and Teen Burleson 1945Marisue Burleson and her uncle Stanley (Teen) Burleson in 1945

Marysue Burleson and her uncle Stanley "Teen" Burleson grew up on a large ranch near Matador and Floydada. The ranch is still owned and operated by the Burleson family.

GROUP OF MEN AT PICNIC TABLE. LOCKNEY TEXAS 1905Men at Picnic Table Lockney Tx 1905


HT Coleman Shovels Wheat Floydada TX 1947H. T. Coleman Shovels Wheat Floydada TX 1947


C. W. Thagard's Oat Farm Early 1900's

Photo from early 1900's picture postcard depicts C.W. Thagard's Oat Farm near Floydada Texas.

Railroad Depot Floydada Texas 1920 - 1930's
Horse Drawn Cotton Harvestor Lockney Texas 1930'sHorse Drawn Cotton Harvester Lockney Texas 1930's
Presbyterian College Floydada Tx Under ConstructionPresbyterian College Under Construction in Floydada Tx - Early 1900's
Antelope School, Class of 1936 -1937 Floyd County TexasAntelope School, Class of 1936 -1937 Floyd County Texas

Mrs. Stewart, Kenneth Ring, Sam Bradford, Buster Rucker, G.W. Rezineck, Bettye Sue Roe, Syble Roe, Bradley Boyd, Eual Bradford, J.W. Jackson, Ethel Lee Reznieck, Kenneth Poole, Sudduth Moore, Elrea Autry, (unnamed) Rucker, F.J. Reznieck and Felix (children's cat)

Gene & Elna Bloys 1947A True Texas Love Story

What Happens when a Rowdy City Boy from Plainview Meets a Pretty Farm Girl from Lockney Texas?

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Floyd County and South Plains Panhandle Texas History

Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

True Stories of Amazing People and Places in Texas (Facebook)

Vintage Texas Photos (eBay)

Floydada Ex-Student's Association (Facebook)

Floyd County Hesperian-Beacon

Famous People from Floyd County TexasMore Famous People from Floyd County Texas

Books about Floyd County People and Places

Books about Floyd County TexasBooks about Floyd County Texas

Floyd County Unclaimed Estates

Floyd County Unclaimed Estates

These Deceased Residents of Floyd County Left a total $10,925 in Unclaimed Money for their heirs. Please share this with your family and friends from Floydada and Lockney to let them know how to claim their inheritance from the Texas Comptroller's Office. . . see the list

Floyd County Treasures

Rare Artifacts, Memorabilia, Ancestry and History Records from Floydada, Lockney, Aiken, Barwise, Dougherty and South Plains, Texas

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