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Texas Street Scenes 1850 - 1950

Life on the streets of Texas from 1850 to 1950 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers. This was life in Texas as our parents, grandparents and ancestors saw it.

Anderson County

Looking West from Spring Street Palestine Tx 1908

Busy day on Spring Street in Palestine in 1908 as farmers bring crops to market in horse drawn wagons and early trucks and customers fill the street.

Oak Street Palestine TX 1918

Street scene on Oak Street in Palestine in 1918 featuring horse drawn wagons and well dressed shoppers.

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Andrews County
Andrews Texas Street Scene 1920sAndrews Texas Street Scene 1920s

Andrews residents and travelers gather in front of local cafe in this early photo of Andrews Texas . . . look closer

Andrews Texas Main Street in 1940sAndrews Texas Main Street in 1940s

Horse waits patiently across the street from Farmer's Grocery and Smiths Drug Store in this remarkable old photo of Main Street in Andrews Texas in 1940s.

Armstrong County
Claude Texas in 1911Claude Texas in 1911

West Side of Square in Claude Texas in 1911 when the streets were dirt and the main means of transportation was horses and horse drawn buggies.

Downtown Claude Texas in 1914Downtown Claude Texas in 1914

The dirt street in front of the H.M. Kight & Bro dry goods store in downtown Claude Texas was crowded with horse drawn wagons in 1914

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

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.

Bailey County
Main Street Muleshoe Texas in 1950s

Main Street in Muleshoe Texas in 1950s

Street scene in Muleshoe Texas in 1950s showing BF Goodrich store, CR Anthony and Samson Drugs . . . see the full image

Bandera County
Bandera Street Scene in 1940sBandera Street Scene in 1940s

Vintage cars line the street in front of Corner Drug Store, Bottles Stores and  and the OST in 1940 Bandera Texas

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Bastrop County
Lone Star Bakery Delivery Wagon Smithville Horse-Drawn Bakery Delivery Wagon in Smithville Texas

Lone Star Bakery R E Hoppe

Snowstorm Smithville Tx 1920Snowstorm Smithville Tx 1920
Smithville Tx Street Scene 1920 Smithville Street Scene 1920
Brewster County
Alpine Texas Main Street 1940'sAlpine Texas Main Street 1940's

Crystal clear image of downtown Alpine Texas shows 1940s cars driving past the Texas Cafe, Saddlery and Hardware store, Granada Texas and the Alpine Cafe

Alpine Texas Rodeo Parade 1926Alpine Texas Rodeo Parade 1926

Model T's line the street and people on the buildings watched horses and wagons parade past in the great old photo of downtown Alpine Texas . . .

Brown County
Brownwood Tx Main St 1941Main Street in Brownwood Texas in 1941
Brownwood Street Scene 1940's

 

Brownwood Street Scene in 1945Brownwood Street Scene in 1945

 

Center Avenue Brownwood Texas 1946

Featuring McLean's Studio, Tolin's Cafe and 1940's Cars

East Barket Street in Brownwood in 1910East Baker Street in Brownwood in 1910

Horses, buggies and delivery wagons on the dirt street in front of the Mid-Texas Land Company and Sam Brin's One Price Store on East Barket Street in 1910 . . . see it full size

Birds Eye View Brownwood in 1909

Horse drawn wagons are being loaded in front of the W. T. Scott & Co store in this birds-eye view of Brownwood Texas in 1909

Model T at Gas Station Brownwood Tx 1939Model T at Gas Station Brownwood Tx 1939

This Model T has seen better days but the reliable little car still beats walking.

Carson County
Main Street in Panhandle Texas in Late 1800sMain Street in Panhandle Texas in Late 1800s

Huge Photo of downtown Panhandle Texas in the late 1800s. See it full size

Castro County
Downtown Dimmitt in 1954Downtown Dimmitt in 1954

Cars lined the street in downtown Dimmitt Texas near Manning's Department Store in 1954

Childress County
Carey Texas in 1938Carey Texas in Childress County in 1938

Two years after this photo was taken Carey was home to 25 families and had a post office, a school, a cotton gin, three churches, and a general store . . . See the image full size

Childress Texas in November 1909Childress Texas in November 1909

In November of 1909, Main Street in Childress was filled with horse-drawn freight wagons hauling bales of cotton . . . view full size

Coleman County
Commercial Ave in Coleman in 1900sCommercial Ave in Coleman in 1900s

Sometime in the early 1900s an unknown photographer climbed to a high perch in downtown Coleman to capture this huge photo of buildings, horses, buggies and shoppers crowding the street below a banner for the Wilson Drug Store

Coleman Rodeo Parade in 1940sColeman Rodeo Parade in 1940s

In the 1940s the Coleman Rodeo Parade took up two lanes with cars on both sides and in the middle

Talpa Texas Street Scene in 1899Talpa Texas Street Scene in 1899

In 1899 an unknown photographer captured this very rare image of a busty day in Talpa Texas

Marketing Cotton Coleman in 1909Marketing Cotton Coleman in 1909

In 1909 local farmers gathered in front of Farmers State Bank in Coleman to sell their cotton crop where cotton buyers would inspect the bales and make offers.

Downtown Coleman Texas in 1882Downtown Coleman Texas in 1882

In 1882 horses, wagons and buggies crowded around the saloon, grocery stores and mercantile stores in downtown Coleman Texas

Depot Street in Santa Ana in 1910sDepot Street in Santa Ana in 1910s

Very nice old picture of Depot Street in Santa Ana in the 1910s

Coleman Parade on Fair Day in 1900'sColeman Parade on Fair Day in 1900's

Sometime in the early 1900s a long parade formed in downtown Colman Texas to celebrate opening day of the County Fair

Coleman in 1940sColeman in 1950s

 

Cottle County
Improving Streets in Paducah in 1912Improving Streets in Paducah in 1912

In 1912 the citizens of Paducah Texas took to the streets to improve East Backus Street

Hereford Texas Street Scene in 1909

In 1909 Hereford was booming. This photo shows the fancy cars and their proud occupants as they drive past Hubbard Barnet Dry Goods

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Crane County
Main Street in Crane Texas in 1939Main Street in Crane Texas in 1939

Rare color photo of Crane Texas in 1939 showing C and M Food Market, Pat's Place, the Club Cafe and the Petroleum Cafe

Downtown Crane Texas in 1939Downtown Crane Texas in 1939

Nice photo from 1939 of downtown Crane Texas with water tower in background a showing The Florsheim Shoe store, the Crane Club, Liquor store and Rx Drugs

Ben's Barber Shop & Dry Cleaners in 1939Ben's Barber Shop & Dry Cleaners in 1939

In 1939 the local barber stood in front of his Barber Shop and Dry Cleaners while another citizen of Crane Texas relaxed on the bench in front of the Texan Club where you could get Lunch & Beer

Crosby County
Downtown Ralls Texas in 1917Downtown Ralls Texas in 1917

It was a mighty muddy day in downtown Ralls Texas when an unknown photographer captured this amazing photo . . . see it full size

Deaf Smith County
Missouri Ave in Hereford in 1908Missouri Ave in Hereford in 1908

Someday this dirt street in Hereford Texas will be a tree lined street but in 1908 the trees needed more time to grow and each house needed its own windmill.

Hereford Texas in the Early 1900's

Old photo of Hereford Texas from postcard advertising Good Auto Service proudly shows off new wealth with multitude of cars . . . See large image

Hereford Texas Street Scene in 1909

In 1909 Hereford was booming. This photo shows the fancy cars and their proud occupants as they drive past Hubbard Barnet Dry Goods

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Warren Hardware Company in 1909

Shoppers walk the concrete sidewalk and horse drawn carriages and early automobiles drive on the dirt street in front of the Warren Hardware Company. . .  Expand photo

1951 Parade in Herford Texas Honors Pioneer Women1951 Parade in Herford Texas Honors Pioneer Women

Covered wagon pulled by two horses down a main street in Hereford Texas is followed by a long line of women dressed in pioneer clothing in a parade to honor pioneer women in 1951 . . . View larger

Dallam County
Dalhart Texas Street Scene 1930sDalhart Texas Street Scene 1930s

Cars parked in front of Dalhart Hardware, US Royal Cord Tires, local cafe and more.

 

Downtown Dalhart During Dust Storm in 1936Downtown Dalhart During Dust Storm in 1936

No time to linger in downtown Dalhart as pedestrians hurry to find shelter from epic dust storm in 1936.

Denrock Ave in Dalhart in 1912Denrock Ave in Dalhart in 1912

Slow day on Denrock Ave in Dalhart Texas in 1912 with only a few horse-drawn carriages and carts and one Model T driving down the middle of the dirt street

Dalhart Street Scene in 1910Dalhart Street Scene in 1910

Horse-drawn wagons crowd the wide dirt street while pedestrians crowd the sidewalk under telegraph poles in this incredible photo of downtown Dalhart in 1910

Main Street Looking North in Dalhart in 1920Main Street Looking North in Dalhart in 1920

Early cars line the dirt street in front of the Mission Mission Theatre on the east and an unnamed garage on the west in huge, highly detailed photo . . . see full size

Downtown Dalhart Texas in 1923Downtown Dalhart Texas in 1923

Busy day in downtown Dalhart with Model T's lining the street near
the Desoto Hotel and pedestrians try to make their way across the busy
street . . .look closer

Dawson County
Lamesa Texas in 1938Lamesa Texas in 1938

Nice image of downtown Lamesa Texas from the top of the Dawson County Courthouse shows two pharmacies, grocery store and eleven vintage cars

Family Shopping in Lamesa Texas in 1940Family Shopping in Lamesa Texas in 1940
Lamesa Tx Street Scene1940'sLamesa Texas Street Scene in 1940's

 

Deaf Smith County
Missouri Ave in Hereford in 1908Missouri Ave in Hereford in 1908

Someday this dirt street in Hereford Texas will be a tree lined street but in 1908 the trees needed more time to grow and each house needed its own windmill.

Hereford Texas in the Early 1900's

Old photo of Hereford Texas from postcard advertising Good Auto Service proudly shows off new wealth with multitude of cars . . . See large image

Hereford Texas Street Scene in 1909

In 1909 Hereford was booming. This photo shows the fancy cars and their proud occupants as they drive past Hubbard Barnet Dry Goods

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Warren Hardware Company in 1909

Shoppers walk the concrete sidewalk and horse drawn carriages and early automobiles drive on the dirt street in front of the Warren Hardware Company. . .  Expand photo

1951 Parade in Herford Texas Honors Pioneer Women1951 Parade in Herford Texas Honors Pioneer Women

Covered wagon pulled by two horses down a main street in Hereford Texas is followed by a long line of women dressed in pioneer clothing in a parade to honor pioneer women in 1951 . . . View larger

Dickens County
Welcome to Spur Texas in 1900Welcome to Spur Texas in 1900

Along about 1900 the citizens of Spur Texas stretched a Welcome banner across main street and gathered on foot, in buggies and wagons to welcome someone to town.

Eastland County
5 Cent Ride across Ranger Texas Mud Street in 1800's5 Cent Ride across Ranger Texas Mud Street

Sometime in the 1800s an innovative man with a team and a sled began charging pedestrians a nickel to ferry them across the muddy streets of Ranger Texas . . . take a closer look

Desdemona Texas Downtown Street Scene 1920ísDesdemona Texas Downtown Street Scene 1920ís

Pedestrians walk on wooden sidewalk in front of Post Office, First National Bank and the drug store while earl cars and horses and wagons pass on the dirt street . . . see the amazing detail

Downtown Cisco Texas 1950sDowntown Cisco Texas 1950s

1940s and 1950s cars along the street in front of drug store, Sears and local cafe in this large photo of downtown Cisco in the 1950s . . . view larger

Downtown Ranger Tx Early 1900'sDowntown Ranger Tx Early 1900's

Rare old photo shows Main Street in Ranger Texas in the early 1900s

Eastland Texas Main St. Corner Drug Store 1940sEastland Texas Main St. Corner Drug Store 1940s

1940s Eastland Texas Street Scene shows Corner Drug Store, Eastland Hotel and period cars . . . view this nice old photo

Main Street Ranger Texas 1920sMain Street Ranger Texas 1920s

Bird's Eye View of Ranger Texas in 1920 shows Firestone Store and Commercial Store . . . zoom in

Ranger Texas Street Scene 1920Ranger Texas Street Scene 1920

Early Cars park in front of National Supply Company forcing pedestrians to walk the dirt street in Ranger Texas in the 1920s . . . zoom in

Main Street Ranger Texas 1920sMain Street Ranger Texas 1920s

Bird's Eye View of Ranger Texas in 1920 shows Firestone Store and Commercial Store . . . zoom in

Ector County
Odessa Texas in 1911Odessa Texas in 1911

On a windy day in 1911 an unknown photographer stood on top of a building in Odessa Texas and captured this remarkable photo . . . see it full size

Odessa Texas Street Scene in 1940sOdessa Texas Street Scene in 1940s

Late 1930's and early 1940s cars and trucks line the street on this busy day in downtown Odessa in the 1940s . . . see full size

Main Street in Odessa in 1930Main Street in Odessa in 1930

Take a turn back to the past on Odessa's downtown dirt street in this photo from the 1930s . . . tap the thumbnail to view full size

Tank in Parade in Odessa Texas in 1956Parade in Odessa Texas in 1956

In 1956 people lined the streets to watch an army tank roll down the street in a parade in Odessa Texas. Tap photo to see this detailed image

El Paso County
El Paso Street Scene in March 1892El Paso Street Scene in March 1892

Not much happening on this dusty street in El Paso on a quiet day in March of 1892 . . .

El Paso Street Scene 1918El Paso Street Scene 1918

Horse drawn wagons and early cars line an El Paso street beside trolley rails in front of Beros Clothing Store in 1918.

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Texas Street El Paso, Texas 1932

Horse drawn wagons, Model A and Model T cars and pedestrians crowd Texas street in this photo from 1932.

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1938 El Paso Texaco Gas Station

Motorists get their cars serviced at 1938 gas station.

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San Francisco Street in El Paso Texas Early 1950's

San Francisco Street was the place to stay in El Paso during the early 1950's. Stay at the Hilton, Knox Hotel, Hotel McCoy or several budget hotels that line the street.

Erath County
Stephenville First Baptist Church 1930

Vehicles line the street at the First Baptist Church in Stephenville while parishioners visit on church lawn in 1930.

Stephenville Businesses on Washington Street 1910

Businesses on Washington Street in Stephenville Texas c1910. The unidentified man standing on the Model T  had a reputation as an expert tool sharpener, even though he had no hands.

Huckabay Texas in 1913

Bird's Eye view of street scene in Huckabay Texas looking west in 1913.

Higginbotham Ford Stephenville Tx

Higginbotham Ford Dealership in Stephenville Texas proudly displays their lineup of new Model T's on dirt street.

Downtown Dublin Texas on Patrick Street c1890's

Farmers bring cotton harvest on horse-drawn wagons through downtown Dublin on Parker Street past McCampbell & Sons Groceries in late 1800's

Cattle in Downtown Stephenville in 1911

Cattle belonging to A.B. Yearwood at the corner of College and Graham in Stephenville. It was common for farmers and ranchers to drive livestock through the streets at the time.

Floyd County
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

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 . . .

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
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.

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

Rainy day on Main Street in Floydada in 1950's

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.

Garza County
Algerita Hotel in Post Texas in 1913Algerita Hotel in Post Texas in 1913

Guests driving early cars arrive on dirt street at the Algerita Hotel in Post Texas in 1913 ... view full size

1920s Street Scene in Post TexasDowntown Post Texas in 1920s

Model T trucks and cars line the street in front of Willard Hardware, Lake Grocery and a huge sign advertising Wrigley's Spearmint Gum, Windmills, pipes and fittings in this huge old photo of Post Texas in the 1920s ... see full size

Main Street in Crane Texas in 1939Main Street in Crane Texas in 1939

Rare color photo of Crane Texas in 1939 showing C and M Food Market, Pat's Place, the Club Cafe and the Petroleum Cafe

Downtown Crane Texas in 1939Downtown Crane Texas in 1939

Nice photo from 1939 of downtown Crane Texas with water tower in background a showing The Florsheim Shoe store, the Crane Club, Liquor store and Rx Drugs

Gray County
Pampa Texas Street Scene in 1926Pampa Texas Street Scene in 1926

Downtown Pampa Texas was a busy place in 1926. Cars and trucks are parked everywhere and pedestrians crowd the dirt street. . . . Look closer

Gregg County
Kilgore Skyline with Oil Wells Adorned with Christmas Stars and Lights in 1939

 

Kilgore, Texas Street Scene 1939 with old cars oil derricks and stores.

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Hale County
Corner of North Pacific Street, Plainview TX 1920Corner of North Pacific Street, Plainview TX 1914

In 1914 a large crowd gathered in front of the First National Bank on Pacific Street in this huge photo of Plainview residents, early cars, carriage and a man on horseback . . . see full size

North Side of Square in Plainview in Early 1900sNorth Side of Square in Plainview in Early 1900s

Sometime in the early 1900s an unknown photographer took this large detailed photo of the north side of the courthouse square in Plainview Texas showing horse-drawn carriages and one early car with white tires parked on the dirt street

Restriction Street Before 1916Restriction Street Before 1916

Was there ever a street named Restriction in Plainview Texas? Yes, until 1916 when the city council renamed it 11th street. The inscription on this photo shows 1842 as the date. Not likely, as Plainview wasn't founded until 1888. Before that there just wasn't much around here except flat open Prairie. Take a closer look

Downtown Plainview Texas in1897Downtown Plainview Texas in 1897

Mules, Horses and Wagons from two freight teams line Plainview's dirt street in front of early stores including Mrs. M. B. Fowle Dry Goods, Irick and Dyer Groceries, City Drug Store, Williams Bro's. Cheap Cash Store, Donohoo and Ware Dry Goods . . . Huge photo see full size

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

Hall County
Downtown Memphis Texas in 1908Downtown Memphis Texas in 1908

Horse drawn carriages, wagons and shoppers filled the dirt street in this photo of downtown Memphis Texas the way it was in 1908 . . . Look closer

Town square Memphis, Texas in 1937Town square Memphis, Texas in 1937

 

Hardeman County
Quanah Texas in 1896Quanah Texas in 1896

 On July 4, 1896 a large group of people on foot, on horseback and in carriages turned out to welcome Quanah Parker to the town named after him

Johnson Street Quanah Postcard from 1909Johnson Street Quanah Postcard from 1909

In 1909 this postcard was used to entice settlers to Quanah Texas

Main Street in Quanah Texas in 1910sMain Street in Quanah Texas in 1910s

On a muddy day in the 1910s a photographer captured this large highly detailed image of four men in an early automobile as they skidded in front of the camera

Birdseye View of Quanah in 1908Birdseye View Quanah in 1908

In 1908 an unknown photographer climbed to a high perch to capture this birds-eye view of Quanah Texas

Chillicothe after the fire of 1890Chillicothe after the fire of 1890

In 1890 a devastating fire ravaged Chillicothe Texas and the aftermath was captured on film

Haskell County
1905 Haskell County Street Scene1905 Haskell County Street Scene

Very nice wide-angle shot of horse-drawn wagons and buggies in font of the furniture store, grocery store, and city meat market in Haskell Texas in 1905.

Downtown Stamford in 1890sDowntown Stamford in 1890s

Rare photo of downtown Stamford in the 1890s with Penick-Hughes & Co Furniture and adjacent stores.

Downtown Haskell in 1890sDowntown Haskell in 1890s

In the 1890s Pedestrians, horses and wagons crowd the dirt street of downtown beneath a maze of telegraph wires in Haskell Texas in front of the bank, McNeill & Smith Hardware Company, Bowy Furniture Co., C.M. Hunt & Co. Dry Goods and The Eating Place

Haskell Street Scene in 1950sHaskell Street Scene in 1950s

In this scene of Haskell Texas from the 1950s period cars and the Haskell water tower can be seen.

Hemphill County
Parade in Downtown Canadian late 1800sParade in Downtown Canadian late 1800s

Sometime in the late 1880s the main street of Canadian Texas was filled with people there to watch decorated wagons and fine horses parade past

Main Street Canadian Texas in 1920Main Street Canadian Texas in 1920

In 1920 an unknown photographer captured this amazing photo main street of Canadian Texas showing pedestrians, horses and early cars traveling down the wide dirt street

July 4 Parade in Canadian Texas in 1910July 4 Parade in Canadian Texas in 1910

On July 4, 1910 many people gathered to watch the parade pass by Hotel Moody, Main Cafe, the local garage

Canadian Texas in 1887Canadian Texas in 1887

Canadian Texas in 1887 showing early stores, houses and buildings

Glazier Texas Main Street in 1920Glazier Texas Main Street in 1920

Huge photo of Glazier Texas in 1920 showing the hotel and York-Key Lumber Company

Glazier Texas in Early 1900sGlazier Texas in Early 1900s

Slow day in Glazier Texas in the early 1900s. Every structure in Glazier except one house and the town's jail was destroyed by a violent tornado on April 9, 1947, and 17 people were killed.

Hockley County
Muddy Street in Auton in 1937Muddy Street in Downtown Anson, Texas Hockley County 1937

 

Howard County

Big Spring Tx Street Scene1940s PostcardBig Spring Tx Street Scene1940s from Post Card

 

Hudspeth County
Main Street Hwy 80 Sierra Blanca Texas 1954Main Street Hwy 80 Sierra Blanca Texas 1954

 

Hutchinson County
Borger Texas Main Street in 1938

Wide angle view of Main Street in Borger in 1938 showing the De Soto Dealership, Hotel Black, Drug Store and more.  Picture shown here is cropped. Tap the image to see both sides of the street

Borger Texas Main Street on a Busy Day in 1920Borger Texas Main Street on a Busy Day in 1920

In 1920 cars crowded this wide dirt street in Borger Texas in this large, detailed photo . . . tap to see full size

Jones County
Central Avenue in Hamlin in 1909Central Avenue in Hamlin in 1909

In 1909 pedestrians, horses, buggies and freight wagons filled Central Avenue in Hamlin Texas

Town Square in Anson in 1890Town Square in Anson in 1890

Amazing photo of Anson's Town Square in 1890 shows horses, buggies and people near the Palace Barber Shop and the Anson Post Office

40 Bales Cotton  in Downtown Anson 191040 Bales Cotton 10 Horses in Anson 1910

In 1910, ten horses pulled 40 bales of cotton on a wagon train through downtown Anson Texas

Downtown Hamlin in 1914Downtown Hamlin in 1914

In 1914 a huge crowd gathered  in front of the drug store. on the dirt street in  downtown Hamlin

Downtown Anson in the 1940sDowntown Anson in the 1940s

Sometime in the 1940s an unknown photographer stood in the middle of the street in downtown  Anson Texas to take this huge wide-angle shot

Kerr County
Water Street Kerrville Tx 1940 Water Street Kerrville Tx 1940

Old photo of Water Street in Kerrville in the 1940s showing Old photo of Water Street in Kerrville in the 1940s showing Pfempells drug store and old coin operated weigh stations at entrance. drug store and old coin operated weigh stations at entrance. View full size

Lamb County
Downtown Littlefield in the 1940sDowntown Littlefield in the 1940s

Very nice photo of Littlefield Texas in the 1940s with CocaCola signs at the drug store and across the street near the Palace Theatre.

Lubbock County

Broadway Looking East Lubbock Tx 1940s

Looking East Down Broadway in Lubbock in the 1940s

WW2 Scrap Metal Drive in Slaton Texas

Patriotic citizens of Slaton deposit large pile of scrap metal on main street in 1944. Slaton stores in background include O.Z. Ball and Co., Texas Utilities, Barber Shop, Drug Store, Texas Grocery, Jewelry store and the Dry Goods Store.

Woman at Corner of Broadway and K in Lubbock in 1950's

Woman at Corner of Broadway and K in Lubbock in 1950's

View from Lubbock County Courthouse

View from Lubbock County Courthouse in the 1940s

Downtown Slaton Texas in  Early 1900sDowntown Slaton Texas in Early 1900s

Nice photo of Texas Street in Slaton Texas shows Model T's lining the dirt street in front of local stores in early 1900s . . . see it full size

Circus Parade Lubbock Texas 1910's

Circus Parade in Lubbock Texas in 1912-1919

Early residents of Lubbock line the street with their Model Ts to watch elephants and and other exotic animals pulling carriages in the circus parade.

Lubbock Street Scene from the 1930's

Lubbock Street Scene from the 1930's

South Side of Courthouse Square in Lubbock Texas in 1910South Side of Square in Lubbock in 1906

Great old photo of the South Side of the Courthouse Square in Lubbock the way our ancestors would have seen it in 1906. The Lubbock Mercantile building is in the final stages of construction. The J. E. Murfee Lands company would later become J. Murfee and Sons and move into the Lubbock Mercantile building . . .  . . . see full size

Menard County

Menard Tx Flood of 1938

Downtown Menard Tx Flood Scene July 1938

Man wades through flooded street in downtown Menard while others watch under the awnings of Piggly Wigley, Western Auto and Ben Franklin Store in 1938.

During July 1938, intense rainfall across several counties in central Texas produced record flooding along the San Saba River and Brady Creek, in addition to other waterways . . .

Downtown Menard in 1950Downtown Menard in 1950

Huge photo of San Saba Avenue in Menard Texas in 1950 taken by photographer Walt Wiggins

Midland County
Main Street in Midland Texas in 1920'sMidland Tx Main Street 1920's

 

1918 Parade in Midland, TexasMidland Tx Parade 1918

 

1904 Masonic Parade in Midland, Texas Masonic Parade Midland Texas 1904

 

Main Street and Stores in Midland, Texas in 1890Main Street & Stores in Midland Texas in 1890

 

Midland Texas Street Scene 1895Midland Street Scene 1895

Midland Street Scene in front of the Ray B Wimberly General Merchandise Store in 1895

 

Midland Texas on Christmas Day in 1894Midland Texas on Christmas Day in 1894

On Christmas Day in 1894 a large wagon train of new settlers arrived in Midland and was welcomed by hundreds of people.

Couple in Downtown Midland in 1942Couple in Downtown Midland 1942

In 1942 a young couple walked in front of Midland Drugs when an unknown photographer captured this very nice photo.

Main Street in Midland in 1940Main Street in Midland in 1940

 

Midland Street Scene in 1935Midland Street Scene in 1935

Need to call the City Cleaners? Just phone 89.

Birdseye View Midland Texas in 1940'sBirdseye View Midland Texas in 1940's
Mitchell County
Aerial View of Westbrook Texas on December 29 1915Aerial View of Westbrook Texas on December 29 1915

On December 29 1915 a photographer climbed into an early plane and captured this amazing aerial photograph of Westbrook Texas covered in a light dusting of snow.

Aerial View of Colorado City Texas in 1923Aerial View of Colorado City Texas in 1923

 

Colorado City Main Street in 1925Colorado City Main Street in 1925

Very large crystal clear photo of Main Street in Colorado City Texas in 1925 when street lights were in the middle of the intersection

Moore County
Tank on Truck Dumas in 1939Tank on Truck Dumas in 1939

In 1939 a truck carrying a large tank parks beside a farm implement store in Dumas Texas

Dumas Main Street in 1942 Dust StormDumas Main Street in 1942 Dust Storm

In 1942 a woman rushes to get out of the way as a dust storm kicks up in Dumas Texas

Cowboys in Dumas Texas in 1910Cowboys in Dumas Texas in 1910

In 1910 ten cowboys lined up to pose for this huge highly detailed photo in Dumas Texas

With an economy powered by cattle and minerals, Dumas Texas was a bustling place in 1929Main Street in Dumas Texas in 1929

With an economy powered by cattle and minerals, Dumas Texas was a bustling place in 1929

Motley County
Family Makes Camp Outside Matador Texas  in 1890'sFamily Makes Camp Outside Matador in 1890's

In the 1890's a family made camp outside Matador. Photo shows the Motley County Jail in background

Main Street Matador in 1950sMain Street Matador in 1950s

Matador Texas as it appeared in the 1950s near the Matador Auto Co Ford Dealership

Motley County Railroad Opens in 1914Motley County Railroad Opens in 1914

Birdseye view of Celebration of the opening of Motley County Railroad in Matador Texas . . . look closer

Nolan County
Sweetwater Texas Main Street 1930sSweetwater Texas Main Street 1930s Postcard

1930s post card of main street in in Sweetwater Texas captures a man in mid-stride stepping off sidewalk and many cars parked in front of the barber shop, two drug stores, a cafe and an eye glasses store.

Roscoe Texas Main Street in 1900Roscoe Texas Main Street in 1900

 

Birdseye View of Roscoe Texas in 1910Birdseye View of Roscoe Texas in 1910

 

Ochiltree County
Perryton Texas in 1925Perryton Texas in 1925

In 1925 an unknown photographer climbed to a high perch to capture this large birds-eye view of Perryton

Perryton Texas Dust Storm in 1935Perryton Texas Duststorm in 1935

 

Main Street in Perryton Texas in 1955Main Street in Perryton in 1955

Nice large photo of main street in Perryton Texas in 1955 with a Conoco station on the right and a Texaco station on the left

Downtown Perryton in 1940sDowntown Perryton in 1940s

Busy day in downtown Perryton Texas in 1940s in this huge highly-detailed image

Birds-Eye View of Perryton in 1922Birds-Eye View of Perryton in 1922

From a very high perch an unknown photographer took this large birds-eye view of the residential section of Perryton Texas in 1922

Dust Storm Looms Over Downtown Perryton in 1937Dust Storm Looms Over Downtown Perryton in 1937

On June 4, 1937 a huge dust storm was about to engulf downtown Perryton Texas

Oldham County
Main Street Tascosa Texas  in 1910Main Street Tascosa in 1910

Photo of Main street in Tascosa in 1910 shows horse drawn wagon on dirt street and two residents on porch of local store. Once called the Cowboy Capital of the World, it was the largest city in Oldham County . . .

Cowboys Outside Vega Cafe in 1950Cowboys Outside Vega Cafe in 1950

Three cowboys linger outside the Vega Cafe in 1950. Interesting gear can be seen and faces can be identified in this old photo . . . 

Potter County
Dust Storm Amarillo Tx 1936

Amarillo was no stranger to the horrible dust storms of the dust bowl days of the 1930's

Amarillo's Olympic Theater 1919

The Olympic (formerly the Grand Opera House)  was located on the NE corner of 7th and Polk Streets across the street from the Piggly Wiggly grocery store. The Olympic had one screen and 1800 seats . . . see more photos and history

Street Car on Polk Street 1912Street Car on Polk Street in 1912

By 1912, Polk Street was central to the bustling center of commerce in Amarillo. Many visitors relied on one of the first motorized street cars in Texas . . . view full size

 

Polk Street  Amarillo Tx 1914Polk Street in 1914

Street Scene showing Dillard's, Drug Store, Nunn's Store, and shoppers dodging Model A's and T's to cross the street . . . full size image

 

Amarillo - A block on Main Street date unknownAmarillo Street Scene Late 1800's

Showing horse drawn wagons and boot shop. zoom in

Presidio County
Marfa Street Scene Panorama 1907-1917 (CR)Marfa Street Scene Panorama 1907-1917

Panoramic view of Downtown Marfa Texas in early 1900s

Photo at left is just a small portion of this huge photo

 

Marfa Texas Downtown Parade in 1920sMarfa Texas Downtown Parade in 1920s

The parade in Marfa was quite a site to see in the 1920s. There's some very creative early floats on display.

Reeves County
Downtown Pecos Texas in 1920sDowntown Pecos Texas in 1920s

Sometime in the 1920s an unidentified photographer captured this huge photo of the dirt street in front of the hotel in Pecos Texas.

Main Street in Pecos Texas in 1920sMain Street in Pecos Texas in 1920s

Very nice photo shows a roadster crossing intersection in front of a model T on Main Street in Pecos Texas in 1920s

Downtown Pecos Texas in 1940sDowntown Pecos Texas in 1940s

Downtown Pecos Texas was a busy place in the 1940s

Scurry County
Humble Gas Station Snyder 1940sHumble Gas Station Snyder 1940s

Huge photo from 1940s post card shows Humble Gas Station in Snyder Texas with 40s model cars parked beside it . . .

Downtown Snyder Texas in 1920sDowntown Snyder Texas in 1920s

Model T cars and trucks on wide dirt street in front of National Business Co,. J. W. Templeton Groceries, Variety, Drug and other stores in downtown Snyder Texas in 1920s . . .

Flood in Snyder Texas 1924Flood in Snyder Texas 1924

In this 1924 photograph, M.E. Rosser watches Deep Creek rise from outside his home in Snyder Texas. The Scurry County jail is in the the background . . . view full size

Sherman County
Second Street in Texhoma in 1920sSecond Street in Texhoma in 1920s

Very nice, very large image of Second Street in Texhoma showing local businesses, the water tower and period cars

Somervell County
Store buildings on square. Glen Rose, Tx in 1939Store buildings on square in Glen Rose Texas in 1939

Very clear image of J.F. Reynolds Cash Grocery next door to their competitor and a cafe specializing in Fish and 10 cent beer . . . see it full size

Bank Corner in Glren Rose TexasBank Corner Glen Rose Texas in 1939

Group of men hang out at bank building next to J. E. Ward's Tailor Shop in Glen Rose Texas in 1939 . . . look closer

Street Scene Glen Rose TX 1939

Street Scene in Glen Rose in 1939

Swisher County
Northwest Corner of Square in Tulia  Texas in 1918Northwest Corner of Square in Tulia in 1918

 

Patriotic Parade in Tulia Texas in 1909Patriotic Parade in Tulia Texas in 1909

In July 1909 decorated early cars and horse drawn wagons paraded on the dirt streets of Tulia Texas past the South Plains Land Company and the Plaza Restaurant

Swisher County Picnic Parade in 1911Swisher County Picnic Parade in 1911

This entry in the 1911 Swisher County Parade appears to feature a monkey perched above two young ladies riding in a carriage won first place, and represented Tulia Bank and Trust

Downtown Tulia in 1910sDowntown Tulia in 1910s

Downtown Tulia Texas was a busy place when this photo was taken showing well dressed people and Model T cars on the dirt street.

Tarrant County
Fort Worth Street Scene in 1942Fort Worth Street Scene in 1942

Livestock Exchange Building in Fort Worth in 1928Livestock Exchange Building in Fort Worth in 1928

 

Taylor County
Downtown Abilene in 1950Downtown Abilene in 1950s

Traffic came to a stop in downtown Abilene when Hardin Simmons athletes were selling balloons to drivers in 1950

Pine Street Abilene Texas 1920Pine Street Abilene Texas 1920

In 1920, cars and pedestrians lined Pine Street in Abilene Texas to watch the parade. Tap the image to see full size.

Abilene Candy Company in 1939Abilene Candy Company in 1939

Salesmen for the Abilene Candy Company proudly line up beside their company cars in 1939.

Abilene Ice Company Truck 1940'sAbilene Ice Company Truck 1940's
Abilene Ice Company Wagon 1910Abilene Ice Company Wagon 1910

Horse-drawn ice wagon from the Abilene Ice Company parked on a residential dirt street in 1910 while driver delivers a block of ice to resident's ice box.

Horse Drawn Parade Float Abilene Texas 1910'sHorse Drawn Parade Float Abilene Texas 1910's
Horse Drawn Street Sprinkler Abilene c1900Horse Drawn Street Sprinkler Abilene c1900

Horse-drawn sprinkler wagon helps keep the dust down on the dirt streets of Abilene Texas in 1900. This one also serves as a moving billboard for the Campbell's Store.

Palace Cafe Merkel Texas 1900Palace Cafe Merkel Texas 1900
Tom Green County
Concho Ave and Chadbourne Street in 1895Concho Ave and Chadbourne Street in 1895

In this rare old photo men on horses stop to talk in the middle of the street in front of the saloon while pedestrians crowd the street and buggies and wagons maneuver for position

Chadbourne Street in San Angelo in 1900

Busy day on Chadbourne Street in San Angelo as buggies, wagons and a few very early cars fill the dirt street in the early 1900's. View full size

Chadbourne Street San Angelo 1919Chadbourne Street Scene San Angelo in 1919

By 1919 horse drawn buggies have been replaced by early cars on the now paved Chadbourne Street and a big welcome sign has been stretched across the street. View Full Size

Chadbourne Street San Angelo 1930'sChadbourne Street San Angelo 1930's

The 1930's saw Chadbourne street transformed into an auto center with businesses on both sides offering cars and service to the model A's and T's that lined the street. The Auto Company, Highway Garage and Ford Tire Store can be seen. See the full image

Landon Hotel San Angelo, Texas in 1909Landon Hotel San Angelo, Texas in 1909

The Landon Hotel was a busy place in 1909 San Angelo. Pedestrians and buggies cause traffic jam as trolley unloads passengers . . . see full size

Concho Street in 1883 San AngeloConcho Street in 1883 San Angelo

Great old photo of Concho street in San Angelo Texas in 1883 includes covered wagons of new settlers near the Concho National Bank, local bakery, barber shop and more

Wheeler County
Downtown Wheeler Texas in 1940sDowntown Wheeler in 1940s

1940s photo of Wheeler Texas shows cars parked in front the Cafe & Market and Picketts Thrift Store

Main Street in Mobeetie in 1905Main Street in Mobeetie in 1905

Rare old image of main street in Mobeetie Texas in 1905 shows a buggy and a horse-drawn wagon and several pedestrians on the dirt street

Shamrock Texas Car Wreck in 1957Shamrock Texas Car Wreck 1957

Near a large billboard for the Shamrock Motel and Restaurant a car falls off the road into a deep ditch in 1957

Shamrock Texas Gas Station & Cafe 1940sShamrock Texas Gas Station & Cafe 1940s

Very large image of a popular Conoco gas station and cafe in Shamrock Texas in the 1940s

Williamson County
Georgetown Texsas Street Scene in 1940sGeorgetown Street Scene in the 1940s

Downtown street scene in Georgetown Texas in the 1940s features period cars parked in front of Gold's Dept Store, Edward's Cafe, another cafe offering Fried Chick Burgers and a hardware store . . .

Main Street in Taylor Texas in 1930sMain Street in Taylor Texas in 1930s

Old post card depicts Taylor Texas in the 1930s with visible stores including Preslar & Dewitt Pharmacy and Kelly Tires . . .

Georgetown Public Square in 1909Georgetown Public Square in 1909

Horse-drawn carriages, horses and pedestrians crowd the dirt street in this rare old photo of downtown Georgetown Texas in 1909 . . . see it full size

Bartlett Texas Main Street in 1910Bartlett Texas Main Street in 1910

The rocky dirt main street Bartlett Texas was a busy place in 1910 with street filled with horse drawn freight wagons and horses while shoppers walk the wooden sidewalk . . . zoom in

Georgetown Texas Main Street in 1900Georgetown Texas Main Street in 1900

In this remarkable old photo of Georgetown Texas in 1900 well dressed people wait on the side walk for someone to arrive and three dogs sniff at the pants of three men waiting on the street

Birdseye View Georgetown Texas in 1880sBirdseye View Georgetown Texas in 1880s

Huge, amazingly clear birdseye view of Georgetown Texas in the 1880s

Downtown Georgetown Street Scene in 1920'sDowntown Georgetown Street Scene in 1920's

Very nice, very large photo of Downtown Georgetown Texas in 1920

Winkler County
Downtown Wink Texas in 1926Downtown Wink Texas in 1926

In 1926 this photograph was produced for a promotional postcard touting Wink Texas as The Worlds Fastest Growing Oil Town and stated that six months earlier this was a pasture.

Kermit in 1960sKermit in 1960s

Nice large image of downtown Kermit Texas in the 1960s featuring Wackers store just down the street from the courthouse.

Yoakum County
Denver City in the 1930sDenver City in the 1930s

Denver City was a busy place in the 1930s when this huge highly-detailed photo captured cars lining the street and pedestrians dodge cars and trucks to get to the Lone Star Barber Shop, Denver City Recreation Club and cafe's and grocery stores on the other side.

Denver City Street in 1940sDenver City Street in 1940s

Sometime in the late 1930s to early 1940s an unknown photographer stood in the middle of a wide dirt street in Denver City to capture this photo of life in Yoakum County Texas

Zavala County
Street Scene in Crystal City in 1939Street Scene in Crystal City in 1939

In 1939 two men visit on a sidewalk while two little boys tug at their father's pocket to get his attention and another sits on the sidewalk to play.

Men Leaning on Mailbox in Crystal CityMen Leaning on Mailbox in Crystal City

In 1939 two men stopped at a mailbox to have a talk in front of the grocery store in Crystal City Texas

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Texas History in the 19th Century (Amazon)

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