Abernathy, on Interstate Highway 27 and U.S. Highway 87 eighteen miles north of Lubbock in Hale County, was founded in 1909 when the Santa Fe Railroad built from Plainview to Lubbock. It was apparently named for M. G. Abernathy, who along with J. C. Roberds and Marvin C. Overton formed the South Plains Investment Company to establish and promote the town. Many of the buildings from Bartonsite, a small community seven miles to the northwest, were moved to Abernathy, which gained a post office in 1910. By 1914 the town had a population estimated at 300, four churches, several stores, and a bank.
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|2,865||2020||United States Census Bureau|
|2,686||2019||Texas Demographic Center|
|2,805||2010||United States Census Bureau|
|2,839||2000||United States Census Bureau|
|2,720||1990||United States Census Bureau|
|2,904||1980||United States Census Bureau|
|2,625||1970||United States Census Bureau|
|2,491||1960||United States Census Bureau|
|1,692||1950||United States Census Bureau|
|847||1940||United States Census Bureau|
|858||1930||United States Census Bureau|