Jayton, Texas

Jayton, Texas

Jayton Texas is the county seat of Kent County, Texas. Photography by CletusDitto.

Jayton, the county seat of Kent County, is on State Highway 70 and Farm roads 1228 and 1083, twenty-three miles west of Aspermont and fourteen miles northeast of Clairemont in the northeastern part of the county. It was originally named Jay Flat and was two miles northwest of the present site. The name honored a Jay family, early ranchers in the area. Daniel M. Jay was granted a post office in the community in 1886. In 1907 the settlement was moved to a location on the new Stamford and Northwestern Railway and renamed Jayton. Within a short time many businesses had opened, and the town was incorporated on February 11, 1910. The first newspaper was the Jayton Herald, founded about 1908 by a man named Morris. An early recreation site was Putoff Canyon, three miles north of Jayton. The canyon, named for a Mr. Putoff, had a large freshwater spring that attracted writers and artists from 1900 to about 1914. One visitor was Zane Grey, who used the setting for his novel The Thundering Herd (1925).

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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Population Counts

Pop. Year Source
492 2019 Texas Demographic Center
534 2010 Texas Demographic Center
513 2000 Texas Demographic Center
608 1990 Texas Demographic Center
638 1980 Texas Demographic Center
703 1970 Texas Demographic Center
700 1960 Texas Demographic Center
633 1950 Texas Demographic Center
770 1940 Texas Demographic Center
623 1930 Texas Demographic Center
750 1920 Texas Demographic Center
314 1910 Texas Demographic Center