Dickens, Texas

Dickens, Texas

Dickens County Courthouse in the City of Dickens, the county seat. Photograph by Aualliso.

Dickens, the county seat of Dickens County, is at the junction of U.S. Highway 82 and State Highway 70, eight miles below the Caprock of the Llano Estacado and sixty miles east of Lubbock, in the center of the county. It is named after the county. The site of Dickens served as a supply point for dugout line camps used by cowboys from the Spur, Pitchfork, and Matador ranches. In 1886 J. H. Edwards set up a camp in the vicinity and was followed by Charles O'Neal and J. A. Askins, who settled in the area in 1889. As others began moving in, a settlement developed near the springs east of the present townsite, and after the United States Postal Department located a post office there in 1892, the settlement officially became known as Dickens. On February 17, 1892, town lots were sold a half mile west of the previous settlement, and during the year Dickens replaced Espuela as the county seat. By 1893 Dickens had a school building, a wagonyard, a blacksmith shop, a saloon, a barbershop, a hotel, and two stores.

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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Pop. Year Source
219 2020 United States Census Bureau
261 2019 Texas Demographic Center
286 2010 Texas Demographic Center
332 2000 Texas Demographic Center
322 1990 Texas Demographic Center
409 1980 Texas Demographic Center
295 1970 Texas Demographic Center
400 1960 Texas Demographic Center
416 1950 Texas Demographic Center
465 1940 Texas Demographic Center
400 1930 Texas Demographic Center
150 1920 Texas Demographic Center
176 1900 Texas Demographic Center