Life in Texas from the 1800's to 1950

Life in Taylor County Texas from 1900 to 1950

Taylor County, Texas from 1900 to 1950 as pictured in archived government photographs, vintage postcards, old school yearbooks and newspapers.

 

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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 Texas High School Football Team 1923Abilene High School Football Team in 1923

Eleven players on the Abilene High School football team in 1923.

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1923 Abilene High Football Team Go to Fort Worth1923 Abilene High School Football Team

1923 Abilene High School Football Team on the Way to Fort Worth

Four Abilene High School Students pose beside car in 1948Four Abilene HS Students in 1948

Four Abilene High School students pose beside period car in 1948

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.

1923 Abilene Texas High School Yearbook Cover1923 Abilene Texas High School Yearbook
Abilene Typewriter Exchange Truck 1940Abilene Typewriter Exchange Truck 1940

Cox Typewriter Exchange salesman fix flat tire on 1940's truck.

Actor Lew Ayres at Duty Hospital in Abilene in 1941Actor Lew Ayres at Duty Hospital in Abilene
Boy Sells Soda Pop at Polo Match in 1939 AbileneBoy Sells Soda Pop at Polo Match in 1939 Abilene
Buffalo Gap Texas Train Station 1920Buffalo Gap, Texas Railroad Depot 1920ís

Travelers wait for train at the Buffalo Gap train station in 1920.

Camp Barkeley Baseball Team 1942Camp Barkeley 1942 Texas Champion Baseball Team
Construction Workers Eager to Build Barkelley Camp in AbileneConstruction Workers Sign Up To Build Camp Barkeley 1941
Refugees from Abilene, Tx Flee Drought in 1936Refugees from Abilene, Tx Flee Drought in 1936

Children look out window as older sister or mother drives hoping to escape the drought.

Federal Court House Abilene Texas 1906Federal Court House Abilene Texas 1906
Former slave Green Cumby settled in Abilene TexasGreen Cumby, ex-slave, in Abilene Tx in 1937

After he was freed, former slave Green Cumby settled in Abilene Texas

Hardin-Simmons Cowboys Football Team 1939Hardin-Simmons Cowboys Football Team 1939
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.

Former Slave John Barker in Abilene Tx 1937Former Slave John Barker in Abilene Tx 1937
McMurray College Abilene Texas 1927 Football TeamMcMurray College Abilene Texas 1927 Football Team

McMurray College Coach R M Medley with players Taylor, Osborn Park, Isaacs, Bowers, Tharp, Miller, Newton, Asst. Coach Pratt, Corbin, Roberts, Edwards, Brown, H V Hodges, Patterson, Mitchell, Hunt, Wharton, Hale and Pool in 1927.

McMurry College Abilene Texas 1924 Football Team McMurry College Abilene Texas 1924 Football Team

McMurry College Football Coach R. M. Medley with players Campbell, Hale, W. Hill, Fitzgerald, Farmer, Hunt, Bigby, Bowers, West, Young, McCandless, Brown, Donaldson, Peeples, Wood, Self, Newton, D. Hill, Ledbetter, Harkrider, Murphy, and Meader in 1924

Nickel Store Interior Abilene TX 1909Nickel Store Interior Abilene TX 1909
Palace Cafe Merkel Texas 1900Palace Cafe Merkel Texas 1900
Pine Street Abilene Texas 1920Pine Street Abilene Texas 1920
Sijes Bakery and Ice Cream Truck 1930sSijes Bakery and Ice Cream Truck 1930s
Simmons College Abilene Basketball Team 1912-1913Simmons College Abilene Basketball Team 1912-1913
Simmons Cowboys Football Team 1903Simmons Cowboys Football Team 1903
Soda Pop Truck at Abilene Polo Match in 1939Soda Pop Truck at Abilene Polo Match in 1939

Green Gate Tourist Camp set up a soda pop stand from the back of a pickup truck at this 1939 polo match in Abilene Texas. Polo player garners attention from boys and men as he walks away.

Thornton Drug Store Abilene Texas 1920sThornton Drug Store Abilene Texas 1920s

Large crowd gathers in front of Thornton Drug Store in Abilene Texas in 1920. Men climbed on top of trucks and rooftops to get a glimpse of something.

Trent Texas Railroad Station 1940Trent Texas Railroad Station 1940

Train Arrives at Station in Trent Texas 1940

Resources:

Directory of Texas Counties

Vintage Texas Photos

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