Life in Hale County Tx 1850-1950


Hale County, Texas 1910-1939 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers.



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Plainview Texas in 1890Plainview Texas in 1890

Photo of Plainview Texas in 1890 showing wide dirt street with cattle, horse-drawn freight wagons and Melton Leach Mercantile store. The idea of founding a town here began in 1886 when Z. T. Maxwell moved with his family and 2,000 sheep from Floyd County and established a farm . . . Read more and view photo full size

Dimmitt Hotel Moved to Plainview in 1893Dimmitt Hotel Moved to Plainview in 1893

In 1893 a two-story hotel was moved 45 miles from Dimmitt Texas to Plainview Texas. This remarkable photo is believed to have been taken when it arrived . . . see full size

Wagon Train to PlainviewWagon Train to Plainview

As late as 1904, immigrants were still making their way to the Texas Panhandle by wagon train. This photo, believed to have been taken near Littlefield, shows horses pulling covered wagons on their way to a new life in the Plainview Texas area . . . zoom in

Mail Carriers Deliver Mail on Harley Davidson in 1915Mail Carriers Deliver Mail on Harley Davidson in 1915

Mr. and Mrs. Bishop paused for this photo in front of the Santé Fe Rail Station in Plainview before making their RR 1 mail route on a Harley Davidson in Hale County Texas in 1915 . . . see this amazing photo full size

Plainview & Lubbock Stagecoach in 1907Plainview & Lubbock Stagecoach in 1907

Plainview & Lubbock stagecoach being pulled by mules with four passengers seated inside the stagecoach on a Sunday in Lubbock Texas in 1907. The driver is W. M. Crawford who owned the stage. The time to make the trip . . . Read more See full size

Steam Engine Powers Silo Near Plainview Texas in 1912Steam Powered Silo in Hale County in 1912

Steam Engine powers a silo on a farm near Plainview Texas in 1912 as men on horseback and farmer's wife look on . . . take a closer look

Duck Hunt Plainview Texas December 1931Duck Hunt Plainview Texas December 1931
Marketing Wheat Plainview Tex 1910Plainview Texas Wheat Market in 1910
Corner of North Pacific Street, Plainview TX 1920Corner of North Pacific Street, Plainview TX 1920
Schick Opera House Plainview TX 1916Schick Opera House Plainview TX 1916
Ware Hotel Plainview Tx c1925Ware Hotel Plainview Texas in 1925

Ware Hotel Plainview Texas in 1925 with South Plains Drug and Stubbs Men's Store

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

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

PB Snyder Strawberry Farm Plainview Tx in 1910sPB Snyder Strawberry Farm Plainview Tx in 1910

Picking strawberries on the P B Snyder farm six miles south of Plainview in 1910.

Plainview Lake, Plainview Texas in 1913Plainview Lake in 1913

In 1913 Plainview Lake was filled by an irrigation pump with fourteen million gallons of water after 158 hours and was the largest body of water in Texas supplied by a well. It covered thirty acres and had a depth of five to six feet. The lake was a popular . . . Read more

Bob Burnett Hale Center Tx 1939Bob Burnett of Hale Center Texas Advertises for Texaco in  1939

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