Floydada

Floydada, Texas

Floydada, Texas

Historical Landmark, Old Grain Elevator in Floydada, Texas. Photograph by Leaflet.

Floydada, the county seat of Floyd County, is at the junction of U.S. highways 62 and 70, State Highway 207, and Farm roads 784 and 1958 in the south central part of the county. The town, originally named Floyd City, was established in 1890 by M. C. Williams on 640 acres donated by James B. and Caroline Price of Jefferson City, Missouri. The community won the county seat election after a bitter contest with supporters of Della Plain. When a post office was opened, the town's name was changed to Floydada to prevent confusion with Floyd in Hunt County. Some claim the new name was meant to be Floydalia and was garbled in transmission to Washington; others say it was a combination of the county name and that of donor James Price's mother, Ada; still another version is that it was named for Caroline Price's parents, Floyd and Ada. The town's rate of growth was slow in early years, when immediate expectations of a railroad were disappointed. The Pecos and Northern Texas, a division of the Santa Fe, built through in 1910, and the Quanah, Acme and Pacific reached Floydada in 1928, making the community an important rail junction. The town was rebuilt after a devastating fire in 1911 and boomed for several years. A newspaper, the Texas Kicker, was published briefly in 1890, and beginning in 1896 Claude V. Hall published the Floyd County Hesperian.

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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Currently Exists

Yes

Place type

Floydada is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • [Floyd City]

Locations

  • Latitude
    33.98351470
    Longitude
    -101.33677000

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Population Counts

Floydada
Pop. Year Source
2,670 2019 Texas Demographic Center
3,038 2010 Texas Demographic Center
3,676 2000 Texas Demographic Center
3,896 1990 Texas Demographic Center
4,193 1980 Texas Demographic Center
4,109 1970 Texas Demographic Center
3,769 1960 Texas Demographic Center
3,210 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,726 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,637 1930 Texas Demographic Center
1,297 1920 Texas Demographic Center