O'Donnell

O'Donnell, Texas

O'Donnell, Texas

O'Donnell is a small city in west Texas that lies in both Lynn and Dawson counties. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

O'Donnell is on U.S. Highway 87 at the Lynn-Dawson county line. It lies mostly in southern Lynn County. It was established in 1910 by a group of promoters involved with the construction of the Pecos and Northern Texas Railway from Slaton to Lamesa. The brothers T. J. and A. F. O'Donnell allied themselves with Charles Doak, former sheriff of Lynn County, and H. E. Baldridge to form a town on the new railroad; it was to be called O'Donnell City. In June 1910, lots were sold and a town began; by 1912 the town had a post office, a gin, a hotel, a real-estate office, and a general store. At first the local economy was dominated by cotton farming and ginning. A bank opened at the town in 1919, when the population was 300, and a movement began for incorporation, which occurred on May 5, 1923. By 1930 the town had 1,026 residents; it grew to 1,187 by 1940 and to 1,238 by 1980. The Pecos and Northern Texas Railway later merged with the Panhandle and Santa Fe system, and by 1999 all remnants of the railroad in O'Donnell were abandoned and removed.

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

O'Donnell is classified as a Town

Associated Names

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Locations

  • Latitude
    32.96520150
    Longitude
    -101.83084000

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Population Counts

O'Donnell
Pop. Year Source
827 2019 Texas Demographic Center
831 2010 Texas Demographic Center
1,001 2000 Texas Demographic Center
1,102 1990 Texas Demographic Center