Barton Community is located on Farm Road 1585 twelve miles south of Lubbock in southwestern Lubbock County. The settlement was named for an early landowner who donated the site for a school. By 1927 the Barton school was one of twenty-six school districts in the county. The two-room school building, in which grades one through seven were taught, served also as a community center and church. The school at Barton was combined with similar institutions at Slide, Woodrow, New Hope, and Union in the mid-1930s to constitute the Cooper Rural School District. Early residents of Barton included the Thompson, Morton, Mabry, Potts, and Robertson families. Leading citizens included George Hindman, a farmer and gin manager, and Mr. and Mrs. Russell Dennison, early schoolteachers. In the 1980s Barton Community was an unincorporated farming community; the Barton Gin and the Irish Acres Pecan Orchard were the only businesses.
Adapted from the official Handbook of Texas, a state encyclopedia developed by the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA). It is an authoritative source of trusted historical records.
Charles G. Davis | © Texas State Historical Association
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