Fritch

Fritch, Texas

Fritch, Texas

Fritch is a city located in the southwest corner of Hutchinson County, and lies in both, Hutchinson and Moore Counties.  Photo credit: Barclay Gibson via TexasEscapes.

Fritch, on State Highway 136 in southwestern Hutchinson County and partly in Moore County, was founded in an area owned in part by three ranchers: J. M. Sanford, J. H. Johnson, and Roy B. Wright. It was named for H. C. (Fred) Fritch of Chicago, a vice president of the Rock Island Railroad, who arranged for the purchase of the right-of-way in 1924. After the line was opened, Fritch established a depot at his townsite and in 1933 he laid out the streets parallel with the railroad, which ran from northwest to southeast. In the wake of the 1926 oil boom, five major gas companies located in the vicinity. The growth of Fritch was slow during its first thirty years; in 1940 it had a store, a post office, and an estimated population of seventy-five. However, the construction of Sanford Dam on the Canadian River prompted Fritch to incorporate in 1959. By the time of the dam's completion in 1965 the city had a population of 2,800, two schools, six churches, a bank, and retirement homes. This growth was attributed mainly to the recreation areas at Lake Meredith, in addition to ranching, farming, and the oil and gas industry.

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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Place type

Fritch is classified as a Town

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  • Latitude
    35.64095040
    Longitude
    -101.59645000

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Population Counts

Fritch
Pop. Year Source
1,971 2018 Texas Demographic Center
2,117 2010 Texas Demographic Center
2,235 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,335 1990 Texas Demographic Center