The town was founded in 1917 as the terminus of a Santa Fe Railroad spur from Lubbock. It was named for a railroad executive. It soon became a major cattle shipping point. Today, it is a center for area ranches.
Attractive Gaines County Park with picnicking, playground, golf, is seven miles south on U.S. 62/385. Quanah Parker birthplace (See GROESBECK) is 20 miles east at Cedar Lake; marker at site.
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