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Haskell Texas.

Haskell TX First Street
First Street,
the main street in Haskell.
Photo courtesy Terry
, September 2007
in a Pecan Shell

The townsite was originally known as Willow Pond
. Captain Randolph Marcy’s expedition passed this way in
1849 and a member of the expedition wrote his brother about the place’s
potential. In 1879 the brother – named Thomas Tucker occupied the
area renamed the place Rice Springs.

The post office was established in 1885 and the community was renamed
after a soldier who died at Goliad
– Charles Ready Haskell. The county was organized that same year and
Thomas Tucker became the first judge.

The Haskell Free Press became the first newspaper in 1886.

In 1900 the Texas Central Railroad reached Stamford
and Haskell connected in 1906.

The town incorporated in 1907.

Just before World
War II
– the Lawson oilfield was discovered six miles east.

Lake Stamford was built in the 1950s to provide water for municipal,
industrial and recreational use.

Haskell’s population peaked in 1970 with 4,166 people.

Haskell County courthouse  today,  Haskell Texas
Photo courtesy Jack Williams

First United Methodist Church, Haskell Texas
Haskell TX stone building Main Street
Buildings on
First Street
Photo courtesy Terry
, September 2007

Haskell Texas old city hall building
Old 1927 City
Hall building on North 1st Street.
Photo courtesy Terry
, September 2007
TX - MacKenzie Trail Marker
Nearby Historic

The MacKenzie Trail Monument

– South of Haskell, about 1.5 miles
north of Stamford at the intersection
of US277 and SH6, before crossing the Haskell


by Clay Coppedge

“The best of what’s left of the Mackenzie Trail today is probably
on private property. You’re near it when you’re at the intersection
of U.S. 277 and Texas 6 in , where a monument tells you the trail
ran a little north of there. The trail also ran between Dickens
and Spur, so when you’re on
parts of U.S. Highway 82 from Dickens
to Lubbock you’re probably
following Mackenzie’s path pretty closely.” – Read
full article

Haskell Chronicles:

From “Get
Along Little Turkeys…”
by Mike Cox

“… No matter that it’s been largely forgotten, herding large
flocks of turkeys from Point A to Point B once was as much a part
of the wild west as gold rushes, gambling and gunfights. The reason
was the lack of refrigeration. Meat only stayed fresh on the hoof–or
scaly four-toed feet. With large trucks yet to be invented, and
assuming no rail service, the only way to get large numbers of turkeys
from the farm to the dinner table was for mounted men to herd them.

Though it probably happened earlier, the first known Texas turkey
drive took place around 1907, when pioneer Stamford
resident R.M. Dickenson paid to have 500 turkeys driven 18 miles
from Haskell to Stamford. The drive
didn’t work out too well…” Read
full article

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