Swearingen is on Farm Road 104 and the Burlington Northern Railroad fourteen miles northeast of Paducah in northeast Cottle County. The town was established about 1908 as headquarters and trading center for the OX Ranch and named for ranch owner D. D. Swearingen. The original plan called for 600 city lots. Early postmaster George W. Hare bought the townsite and established a drugstore. Aided by OX business and local trade, the town proved to be an instant success. By 1911 businesses included a post office, a bank, stables, a hardware store, a gin, a lumberyard, a Presbyterian church, an apothecary shop, several general stores, and the Comanche Hotel. A school, begun in 1908, met in the church until a building was built in 1913. One of the great events of the town was the Cowboy Reunion of 1910, which attracted many early settlers.
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