Panhandle Plains
2010 Census - 2,673
2000 Census - 2,910
Tahoka, Texas
Tahoka Texas History:
In 1903 the Tahoka Townsite Company was formed to establish Tahoka as the county seat of the newly organized Lynn County. Tahoka was the first town established on the lower South Texas Plains, south of Lubbock. Tahoka was incorporated in 1915. This cattle and farming community grew steadily over the years. Tahoka is located at the intersection of U.S. 380 and U.S. 87, 33 miles south of Lubbock, 64 miles southwest of Crosbyton, 32 miles southwest of Slaton, 26.6 miles west of Post, 46 miles northwest of Gail, 42 miles northeast of Lamesa, 30 miles east of Brownfield, and 60 miles southeast of Levelland, Texas.
Texas Plains Trail Region:
The 52-county Texas Plains Trail Region includes the Texas Panhandle and Plains. It stretches from the Texas towns of Big Spring and Colorado City in the southern portion of the region, to Muleshoe and the New Mexico state border in the west, to Quanah and Knox City in the east, and to the top of the Texas Panhandle, from Dalhart in the west to Lipscomb in the east. The Texas Plains Trail Region organization is a nonprofit heritage tourism organization affiliated with the Texas Historical Commission. TPTR acts as an economic development initiative that helps Texas communities to promote their historic and cultural resources, and increase tourism to their areas. The organization helps promote travel to heritage destinations and historic sites. A name repeatedly mentioned in the history of West Texas is Cynthia Ann Parker, a young child captured during a raid on Fort Parker. She grew up among the Comanches, married Comanche chief Peta Nocona, and had three children, Pecos, Quanah and Prairie Flower. In 1860, a party of Texas Rangers led by Sul Ross, a future governor of Texas, rescued her and her infant daughter Prairie Flower; Charles Goodnight participated in this raid. Her son Quanah became famous as the last great war chief of the Comanche. One of TPTR’s most visible recent projects is the Quanah Parker Trail. When the project is completed, giant Quanah Parker arrow markers will have been installed in all 52 counties in the Texas Plains Trail Region. Some counties will have more than one installation. The arrows were created and donated by New Home, Texas, artist Charles Smith. As of early 2014, over 70 arrows had been installed in almost 50 counties. Each arrow will have a plaque giving pertinent historical information. (806) 747-1997. P.O. Box 88, Lubbock, Texas 79408. Email  Plains Trail Map
Lynn County Courthouse, 1916:
The courthouse was designed in classical revival style by architect W.R. Rice. The courthouse is built of concrete with brick and terra cotta veneer. The 1919 Freestone County courthouse and the 1922 Dallam County courthouse share the same design, though all three courthouses were designed by different architects. The Lynn County Jail is located on the southeast corner of the square.   
O’Donnell Heritage Museum, O’Donnell, Texas:
The museum exhibits artifacts and other items featuring the life of Dan Blocker, a member of the Cartwright clan who played “Hoss” in the Bonanza television show. A statue of Blocker is located across the street from the museum. The museum also displays area history exhibits. It is located in the 1925 A.J. Warren Building. (806) 428-3708.Chamber of Commerce: (806) 428-3239. The museum is located at the intersection of Doak and 8th Streets. O’Donnell is located at the intersection of U.S. 87 and SH 76, 17.7 miles northeast of Lamesa, Texas. O'Donnell Texas Map; Click to Enlarge  O'Donnell Area Map

Lynn County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-6pm; Sat, 9am-12 noon. The library is closed for lunch Mon-Fri, 1pm-2pm. (806) 561-4050. The library is located inside the Life Enrichment Center at 1717 Main Street.
Lynn County Birding:
Texas Bird Checklist with Photos
Lynn County Bird Checklist with Photos
Buffalo Springs Lake Information:
Indian tribes frequented Buffalo Springs before the buffalo hunters discovered it in the 1870s. In the late 1920s, the Buffalo Lakes Association was formed when J.A. Wilson dammed the canyon and created Buffalo Springs Lake. After this initial development, boating, fishing, camping, and swimming attracted visitors. In the late 1950s, the Lubbock County Water Control and Improvement District purchased over 1,600 acres around Buffalo Lake. The 241 surface acre lake was re-impounded on the North Fork of the Double Mountain Fork of the Brazos River in 1960. The lake has a maximum depth of 52 feet. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, striped bass, white crappie, channel and flathead catfish, and sunfish. The majority of the shoreline is private property. A large recreation area is available for public use. Admission fees apply. The springs continue to flow, despite being inundated by the lake. A million people are said to visit the lake each year. Lake fees apply.The lake is located 7 miles east of Lubbock. From Lubbock, take FM 835 (East 50th Street) 5 miles past Loop 289. Go left at the toll gate for Buffalo Springs Lake.  Lake Location Map   TPWD Public Access Facilities Map
White River Lake Information:
The 1,418 surface acre White River Lake was impounded on the White River, a tributary of the Salt Fork of the Brazos River, in 1965. It has a maximum depth of 65 feet. Lake amenities include picnic areas, four campgrounds, two RV areas, restrooms, boat ramps, a fishing house, a fish cleaning station, and a marina. The lake is located on FM 2794 in the southeast corner of Crosby County, 21 miles south of Crosbyton, and 12 miles west of Spur, Texas.
Alan Henry Reservoir, 2880 Surface Acres, Justiceburg, TX:
This 2,880 surface acre lake was impounded on the Double Fork of the Brazos River in 1993. The lake has a maximum depth of 100 feet. Predominant fish species include largemouth bass, spotted bass, channel and flathead catfish, and white crappie. Lake maps are available from area retail stores. Public access is available at Sam Wahl Recreation Area. Park amenities include unimproved RV and tent campsites, restrooms, a four lane boat ramp with parking for 100 vehicles, an excellent fishing dock, and a fishing pier. Campsites with hookups are available across the road from the entrance at Grubbs Bait and Grill. Because of the steep shoreline, access to bank fishing at Sam Wahl is limited. Open year round; boat launch fee applies. The lake and recreation area are managed by the City of Lubbock. (806) 629-4430. 3096 Lake Alan Henry Road, Justiceburg, Texas 79330. The lake is located 4 miles east of Justiceburg. From U.S. 84 at Justiceburg, drive 4 miles east on FM 2458. Continue straight to FM 3159 and follow it 3 miles to the entrance of the Recreation Area. The lake is located 46 miles northeast of Gail via Post, Texas.  Lake Facilities Map   Justiceburg Map; Click to Enlarge   Area Map   Lake Records   Stocking History   Current Fishing Report
Learn to Camp at Texas Parks & Wildlife State Parks' Outdoor Family Camping Workshops:
Theseworkshops are family camping sessions designed to teach camping skills to those who do not know how to camp; everything is provided from tent to broom. Gear includes a coffee pot, dishes, cooking pots, a camp stove, a battery operated fan and lantern, air mattresses, and a tent. Basic skills taught include pitching a tent, making a campfire, cooking on a propane camp stove, geocaching and using a GPS. Wildlife viewing, fishing and kayaking are available depending on the park and its facilities. After making reservations, families will be sent a packet of information which includes a grocery list. Those interested in this program may sign up for E-Mail Updates on Currently Scheduled Workshops. (512) 389-8903. Calendar
Hunt Texas Online Connection:
More than 95% of Texas land is privately owned, making it hard for hunters to find affordable hunting opportunities. The Texas Parks and Wildlife has a huge public hunting program, and has developed a new service to help hunters find hunting places. This new service is provided free by the TPWD. It allows landowners to list available hunting leases or spots that have opened up, and allows hunters to find private hunting leases according to their preferences. 
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