Free was on Independence Canyon in northwestern Terrell County. It began in 1900, before Terrell County was created from Pecos County, as a post office and trading point for local ranchers. The first post office was on the Mansfield ranch in the Tarver home; Paul Tarver drove the mail hack twice a week. The post office was later moved to the Wakefield home and eventually to the Edwards Ranch, where Frank Edwards was postmaster. Edwards also ran a small store for those who came for their mail. After automobiles came into use between 1910 and 1920, local ranchers drove into larger towns for supplies and mail, and the post office at Free was no longer needed. It closed in 1921, and the small community, which was named for the surrounding open landscape, was soon abandoned.

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Julia Cauble Smith | © TSHA

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Free is part of or belongs to the following places:

Currently Exists


Place type

Free is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (Tarver)


Latitude: 30.57191600
Longitude: -102.26468600

Has Post Office


Is Incorporated