Denver City

Denver City is on State Highway 83 on the Gaines county line, seventy miles southwest of Lubbock in south central Yoakum County. When the Wasson oil pool was developed in 1939, the town was founded and named by C. S. Ameen and Ben Eggink. Ameen selected the name because he had a close friend who was employed by Denver Productions near the townsite, and he added "City" to the name to show his faith in the town's future. Shortly after its founding the town was incorporated and had a refinery and a gas and water system. By 1940 Denver City had a population of 3,000 and 120 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.

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Denver City is classified as a Town

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Population Counts

Denver City
Pop. Year Source
5,297 2019 Texas Demographic Center
4,479 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,985 2000 Texas Demographic Center
5,156 1990 Texas Demographic Center
4,704 1980 Texas Demographic Center
4,133 1970 Texas Demographic Center
4,302 1960 Texas Demographic Center
1,855 1950 Texas Demographic Center