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Life in Armstrong County Tx 1800s to 1950


Armstrong County, Texas from 1800's to 1950 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers. Click on photos to view larger.


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Scarborough Saloon Claude Texas 1890Blackie the Bear Drinking Beer from a bottle outside the Scarborough Saloon in Claude Texas in 1890
Farm Scene in Armstrong County Texas 1909Farm Scene Near Claude Texas in 1909

Two horse team pulls harrow in this scene from Armstrong County in 1909


Fishing Main Street in Claude Texas in 1910Fishing Main Street in Claude Texas in 1910

After a rare rain in Claude Texas in 1910, Armstrong County pioneers posed as if they were fishing the muddy street on the West side of the courthouse square for this postcard. . . Look closer

First Class of the Goodnight College 1898First Class of the Goodnight College 1898

Students: John McDonald, Herbert Jones, Joe Kesterson, D. Vaugher, Roy Vineyard, John Mackelhaney, Charley McClaren, Bess and Clyde Norvell, Ella and Minnie Dyer, Bill and Maggie Burns, Georgie Caperton, Relan and Annie Vaughn, Flora Hunter, Lou Goodnight . . .

Goodnight Baptist Academy Football Team 1900Goodnight Baptist Academy Football Team c1900
Goodnight College staff and families - 1901Goodnight College Staff and Families in 1901
Goodnight College Boys Dorm - 1901Goodnight College Boys Dorm - 1901

Earl Payne and Bill Hill are identified in this old photo. Can you identify others?

Goodnight College Girls Dorm - 1901Goodnight College Girls Dorm in 1901
Wayside School, Wayside Texas in 1914Wayside School, Wayside Texas in 1914

Three teachers and 22 students posed in front of their school in Wayside Texas in 1914 in this huge detailed photo

Buffalo Hunt on Goodnight Ranch in 1916Buffalo Hunt on Goodnight Ranch in 1916

Charles Goodnight leads the way on foot and mounted Kiowa follow behind him as they prepare to recreate a buffalo hunt on the Goodnight Ranch in 1916. This momentary show of what was once the common life of the plains read more and see it full size

Molly and Charles Goodnight Molly and Charles Goodnight

Mary Ann Dyer "Molly" Goodnight married Charles in 1870. Molly died in 1926. Charles Goodnight died three years later in 1929

PLPerson Land Motorcade Claude Texas 1909 PLPerson Land Motorcade Claude Texas 1909

On January 15, 1909, the P. L. Person Land Company organized a motorcade in Claude Texas to attract new settlers to Armstrong County, one of the least populated counties in Texas even today.


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