Razor, on Farm Road 197 sixteen miles northwest of Paris in north central Lamar County, was settled prior to 1900. A post office opened in 1904. A. K. Haynes, who owned the local store and served as postmaster, is said to have named the community after a popular brand of tobacco which he sold. By 1914 Razor had a general store, a flour mill, and an estimated 200 residents. During the 1920s the population dwindled, and by the early 1930s the community had only twenty-five residents and one rated business. The population continued to fall after World War II, and by the mid-1960s the store had closed. In 1990 Razor was a dispersed community with a population of fifteen. The population remained the same in 2000.
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.
Christopher Long | © Texas State Historical Association
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