Claude, Texas

Claude, Texas

Downtown view of Claude, the seat of Armstrong County, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Claude, on U.S. Highway 287 in north central Armstrong County, is the county's largest town. It was originally named Armstrong City when the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway built through the county in 1887, but the name was soon afterwards changed to Claude, after Claude Ayers, the engineer who brought the first train through. Though E. H. Trice platted the town's business district in conformity with the railroad, which angles southeast to northwest, later additions, platted by various promoters including Samuel H. Graves, J. A. Parham, Lee Bivins, and R. A. Montgomery, were laid out by the compass. A post office was opened in June 1888 with Trice as postmaster.

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.

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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
1,234 2019 Texas Demographic Center
1,196 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,313 2000 Texas Demographic Center
1,199 1990 Texas Demographic Center
1,112 1980 Texas Demographic Center
992 1970 Texas Demographic Center
1,005 1960 Texas Demographic Center
820 1950 Texas Demographic Center
761 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,041 1930 Texas Demographic Center
770 1920 Texas Demographic Center
692 1910 Texas Demographic Center
310 1900 Texas Demographic Center
285 1890 Texas Demographic Center