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Lynn County Texas

The county remained sparsely settled ranching territory for two decades after 1880.
It had no towns; the population was nine in 1880, twenty-four in 1890, and seventeen in 1900.
Farmers began to move into the county and invest in corn, grains and cotton.

Apache and Comanche roamed the high plains prior to white settlement.

TAHOKA, TEXAS.
Tahoka, the county seat of Lynn County, is at the intersection of U.S. highways 87 and 380 near the center of the county. It was established in 1903 as the county seat of the newly organized county. The Tahoka Townsite Company, owned by B. G. Sweet, W. T. Petty, and Tack Alley, was formed in 1903 to establish the first town on the lower South Plains, south of Lubbock. Tahoka was incorporated in 1915, and its population had grown to 786 by 1920 and to 1,620 by 1930. An economy based on cattle ranching and cotton farming encouraged Tahoka's steady population growth, though the population of Lynn County overall declined after the 1930s. Tahoka had a population of 2,129 in 1940, 3,012 in 1960, and 3,262 in 1980. Cotton production developed into the dominant economic activity around the city during the 1940s, so Tahoka developed a commercial economy based on service to the cotton farmer, including a comparatively large cotton-ginning industry. Its agricultural economy remained relatively stable, though the city suffered somewhat during the agricultural depression of the 1980s. In 1990 the population of Tahoka was 2,868. The population was 2,910 in 2000.

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LYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

CITIES, TOWNS,  AND POPULATED PLACES

* Grassland  * New Home * O'Donnell * Tahoka (county seat) * Wayside * Wilson * New Lynn *

 
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Website Updates:
Sept 2017: Website updated and pages are mobile friendly
Jun 2017: Biographies: MITCHELL, HALL
Aug 2016: Court News: BURT, HARRIS; Community News
Jun 2016: County Records: 1916 County Officers
Mar 2016: World War I Draft Registration Cards: ANTHONY, APPLEWHITE, ARCHER, ARMSTRONG, ARNETT, ARZAGA, ASH, ASHLEY
 
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