Stanton, Texas

Stanton, Texas

View of Downtown Stanton, Texas.
Photograph Credit: Robert Plocheck.

Stanton, the county seat of Martin County, is on Interstate Highway 20 100 miles south of Lubbock in the southeastern part of the county. In 1881 the Texas and Pacific Railway built a two-story section house, a pump, and a water tank at a small settlement in Martin County then known as Grelton. While searching for a place to establish a German Catholic colony, John Jacob Konz of Anderson County, Kansas, met Charles Froesee, who surveyed the land around Grelton and marked off town lots. Konz returned to Kansas and organized a settlement party, and on August 15, 1881, five men, including Konz's son Adam Konz and Father Christian D. (Anastasius) Peters, arrived in Grelton. In October 1881 a load of lumber arrived, and the first buildings and homes were built. The next year Konz built a general store. The elder Konz led more Kansas settlers who arrived in 1882, and two of Father Peters's cousins were part of a group which came from Pocahontas, Arkansas. In 1883, the year a post office was granted and J. B. Konz named postmaster, another settlement party arrived. Father Peters and his brother Boniface, also a priest, wrote promotional bulletins and even traveled to Germany to publicize the colony. In 1885 Father Anastasius and others organized a sale of town lots. Citizens constructed the first permanent courthouse and petitioned the railroad to change the name of the town to Marienfeld (German for "Field of Mary"). There being no objection, the railroad agreed. By 1885 Marienfeld had several businesses including a hotel, a wagonyard, several stores, a courthouse, a jail, a school, the Catholic complex, and railroad operations.

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
3,085 2019 Texas Demographic Center
2,492 2010 Texas Demographic Center
2,556 2000 Texas Demographic Center
2,576 1990 Texas Demographic Center
2,314 1980 Texas Demographic Center
2,117 1970 Texas Demographic Center
2,690 1960 Texas Demographic Center
1,594 1950 Texas Demographic Center
1,245 1940 Texas Demographic Center
1,384 1930 Texas Demographic Center
600 1920 Texas Demographic Center