Perryton

Perryton, Ochiltree County, Texas

Perryton, Ochiltree County, Texas

Welcome Sign in Perryton, the seat of Ochiltree County, Texas. Photograph by Billy Hathorn.

Perryton is on U.S. Highway 83 in northern Ochiltree County. It was named after George M. Perry, an early county judge, who had been involved in the disastrous Enid, Ochiltree and Western railroad scheme. Perryton was founded in 1919 and designated the county seat. Most of the early settlers were former citizens of Gray, Oklahoma, and Ochiltree, Texas, who moved to the new Spearman branch of the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway. When Perryton was incorporated, the citizens adopted a mayor-council form of city government. Advertisements soon attracted farmers and related businesses, and by 1920 the community had a population of 2,000. Two leading businessmen, Charles E. Whippo and Fremont Mead, built modern water and electrical distribution plants, which they later sold to the city. Five grain elevators had been erected by 1925, and by 1930 the community's population numbered over 2,500. Since Perryton was a designated mailing station between Amarillo and Wichita, Kansas, an airport was constructed near the city dump in 1932; it became known as the "Sewer-Side Airport." In 1951 Perryton adopted a council-manager form of city government. In addition to its importance as an agribusiness center, the city received a further economic boost in the 1950s with the successful drilling of oil and gas reserves nearby. New buildings, including three schools, a fire station, a city hall, a police station, a county jail, and a library, were built at Perryton between 1957 and 1968. A hospital and a nursing home were also opened in 1968. In the mid-1980s Perryton's industries included creameries, oilfield services and equipment manufacturing, a trailer manufacturer, farm-machinery distributors, and cattle feedlots. The yearly Ochiltree County Fair is an important local event. In 1907 remains of a buried Indian settlement were discovered eighteen miles southeast of Perryton, and archeological investigation began in 1919. The population of Perryton increased from 4,399 in 1950 to 7,774 in 2000, when it had 467 businesses.

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

Perryton is classified as a Town

Associated Names

  • (McHall)

Locations

  • Latitude
    36.39352670
    Longitude
    -100.79745000

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Population Counts

Perryton
Pop. Year Source
8,677 2019 Texas Demographic Center
8,802 2010 Texas Demographic Center
7,774 2000 Texas Demographic Center
7,619 1990 Texas Demographic Center
7,991 1980 Texas Demographic Center
7,810 1970 Texas Demographic Center
7,903 1960 Texas Demographic Center
4,417 1950 Texas Demographic Center
2,325 1940 Texas Demographic Center
2,824 1930 Texas Demographic Center