Petty is at the intersection of Farm roads 1328 and 1317, eighteen miles northwest of Tahoka in northwestern Lynn County. It developed around 1900 as a result of the ranching and farming operations of W. T. (Bill) Petty, a Lynn County pioneer rancher and the manager of the T Bar Ranch. In 1917 a school district was formed, but growth was slow. By 1948 Petty had four businesses, a school, and a population of thirty. Its population was estimated at 100 in 1960. In 1974 the only remaining business was a cotton gin. From 1972 to 2000 the population of Petty was estimated at twenty-four.

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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8 2009 Local Officials