Smyer, on State Highway 114 and Farm Road 168 twelve miles east of Levelland in east central Hockley County, originated in 1924 when rancher W. L. Ellwood began selling farm tracts. The town was named for Clinton E. Smyer, a Santa Fe Railroad division superintendent, when it was platted in 1925, the year rail service began. A school, a store, a lumberyard, and a gin were established in 1925–26, and a post office was granted in 1926 with Mrs. Enice McCullough as postmistress. An independent school district was formed in 1927. In 1929 Smyer was hit hard by a tornado that destroyed the school, the windmill, the water tank, and several residences. The town had a population of 125 and five businesses in 1940; by 1946 it had 200 residents and fifteen businesses. In 1980 Smyer had a population of 455, a store, a gin, an elevator, a gas company, a fire station, a city hall, a beauty shop, a cafe, a community center, a recreation hall, and a post office. In 1990 the population was 442. The population grew to 480 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.

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Pop. Year Source
441 2020 United States Census Bureau
474 2019 Texas Demographic Center
474 2010 United States Census Bureau
480 2000 United States Census Bureau
442 1990 United States Census Bureau