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County
Collingsworth
Region
Panhandle Plains
Population
2010 Census - 2,189
2000 Census - 2,275
Nearby
Towns
Wellington, Texas
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Wellington Texas History:
When Collingsworth County was organized in 1890, the towns of Wellington and Pearl City were competing for county seat. It was thought Pearl City was a sure winner, but the management of the Rocking Chair Ranch urged their employees to vote for Wellington, and the Wellington town promoters offered 5 free lots to any voter who voted for Wellington; Wellington won the election. The first permanent building was a saloon moved from Pearl City. The Wellington post office was established in 1891. The 1893 courthouse was built of bricks made seven miles west of town. The saloon closed in 1898 when the county went dry. Cattle was the primary industry during the town’s early years. By 1900, cotton was growing in importance. The first cotton gin was established in 1902. In 1910, the Wichita Falls and Northwestern Railway built a line to Wellington, enabling the town to become a commercial and shipping center for area farmers and ranchers. Since World War II Wellington has continued as a ranching and farming center, with several gins and grain elevators. Its downtown area has wonderful red brick streets. Wellington is located 6 miles south of the Salt Fork of the Red River and approximately 6 miles west of the Oklahoma state line at the intersections of U.S. 83 (Houston Street), SH 103, FM 1056 (15th Street), and FM 1053 (Haskell Street), 60 miles northwest of Quanah, 31.6 miles north of Childress, 33 miles northeast of Memphis, 105 miles southeast of Amarillo, 44.5 miles slightly southeast of Clarendon, 48.7 miles southeast of McLean, 26 miles south of Shamrock, and 43 miles south of Wheeler, Texas.
 
Collingsworth County AgriLife Extension Office:
The Texas A&M AgriLife Extension offices are responsible for 4-H and youth programs, agriculture and natural programs, family and consumer science, and community development. They also have hunting information. They manage head start, senior citizen, home economics, agriculture, 4-H and other programs. If your tomatoes have blight, contact them. If you need to know something regarding a small town, contact them or the county judge’s office.(806) 447-2313. 800 West Avenue, Wellington, TX 79095. Email  
 
U.S. 183 Red River Bridge, 1939:
The bridge was built to replace the bridge washed out in a flood. Soon after the earlier bridge washed out, Bonnie and Clyde and their gang drove off into the river at high speed in June of 1933 in what has been called "The Red River Plunge of Bonnie & Clyde." Bonnie was badly burned, and it is said she couldn't walk without assistance for the rest of her short life. A neighboring farm family, acting as Good Samaritans, was held hostage in their home, and a woman was shot through the hand but not badly injured. The current bridge has been threatened with demolition by TXDOT even though it is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The bridge is located on the Salt Fork of the Red River, 6 miles north of Wellington.
 
Ozark Trail Obelisks:  
These Ozark Trail markers were located in five states in the 20s when many automobile enthusiasts were pushing for the improvement of American highways. Each obelisk listed mileage distances on the trail between its placement city and several distant cities. All of the trails lead to or were connected to routes that went to the Ozark Mountains. Many of these routes have become federal highways today. 21 obelisks remain. Tulia’s and Tampico’s obelisks are two of the few remaining obelisks still located at their original street locations. Dimmit’s and Wellington’s obelisks were moved to a less trafficked area. Wellington’s marker was also shortened; it is located at the courthouse square. 
 
Collingsworth County Courthouse, 1931:
This brick and store courthouse was designed in Texas Renaissance style by architects Berry and Hatch. The 2010 Collingsworth County census was 3,057. (806) 447-5408. 800 West Avenue.   
 
Fort Worth & Denver Northern Railway Depot, Approximately 1932:
The depot was probably built in 1932 when 110 mile line was completed between Childress and Pampa. Burlington Northern closed the line years ago, and the tracks have been pulled up and sold for scrap. The Depot remains unchanged on the inside and mostly unchanged on the outside.  
 
WPA Post Office Murals History:
During the Great Depression FDR created the New Deal Program to provide jobs for out of work American men by funding construction projects to build post offices and other buildings, and state and local parks. The Works Progress Administration (WPA) was created in May, 1935, under the New Deal Program. The U.S. Treasury Department’s Section of Painting and Sculpture, later known as The Section of Fine Arts, put artists to work by funding Post Office Murals to be placed in the new post offices. Though the majority of the post office art consists of oil paintings on canvas, other art mediums were also used. The murals are located in every state. Post Office Murals Photos
 
Wellington WPA Post Office Mural, 1940:
The tempera mural titled "Settlers in Collingsworth County" was created by Bernard Arnest in1940. The mural is located at the main Post Office at 1000 West Avenue. (806) 447-5129.   
 
Collingsworth County Heritage Museum:
The museum features exhibits depicting the history of Collingsworth County and the City of Wellington including Bonnie and Clyde exhibits, prehistoric artifacts, local business artifacts, and more. Farming and ranching exhibits are housed in the Tyler building at 1404 15th Street. This building is open by appointment. The museum’s main collection is housed in three historic buildings located on the courthouse square, including the Pruden Drugs, and the Sullivan Hardware and Furniture stores. The art center is located in the old Pruden Drug Store building. The Sullivan Hardware and Furniture buildings house the main museum exhibits. Guided group tours are available. Open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm and by appointment. 824 East Avenue. (806) 447-5327. Email 
 
Wellington Ritz Theatre, 1928:
The theater closed in the early 1980s. In 2001, Historic Wellington, Inc. acquired the theater and restored it. The historic neon blade sign was restored and relit. It is now operated as a first run movie house and live stage. Movies are shown Thu-Sun at 7:30pm. The theater is available for event rentals. (806) 447-0090. The museum is located on the east side of the square at 902 East Avenue, Wellington, TX 79095.
 
Collingsworth Public Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, downloadable eBooks and audio books, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Open Mon-Thu, 8am-8:30pm; Tue-Wed & Fri, 8am-5:30pm; closed Saturday & Sunday. During the summer the library opens at 9:30am. (806) 447-2116. 711 15th Street.
 
Wellington Annual Events:
The annual Memorial Say and Veterans Day events are held on the courthouse lawn. Annual ex-student reunions are held for Dodson, Quail, Samnorwood, and Wellington. The city wide garage sale is held the first Saturday in June. The annual Lighting of the Square is held in December. (806) 447-5848.  
 
Annual Collingsworth Junior Livestock Show, January:
Activities include a livestock show, a catered BBQ meal, and a Premium Sale. This event is sponsored by the Collingsworth County 4_H and Wellington FFA. It is held at the Wellington Fairgrounds at 1st Street and U.S. 83.
 
Annual 4th of July Rodeo, July:
The rodeo hosts over 450 contestants competing in bull riding, team roping, calf roping, breakaway roping, barrel racing, bronc riding, mutton bustin’s, and wild cow milking. Additional entertainment includes specialty acts, clowns, and dances. This event is held is held at the Wellington Fairgrounds at 1st Street and U.S. 83. (806) 447-2544.  Email  
 
Annual Alumni Reunions, First Saturday in Aug:
The Wellington High School Alumni reunion is held on the first Saturday in August. Festivities begin with a block party at the Ritz Theatre on Friday night with live music, bands, local entertainment, a performance by current Wellington Junior High cheerleaders, and varsity cheerleaders, and a street dance. On Saturday, many classes hold special reunions at various locations around time. An ex-student luncheon is held in the Community Building. Other activities include a community theater presentation, the Texas Photo Booth, a sock hop, a Saturday morning coffee, and the showing of a movie the was popular with the 50th reunion class when they were in high school. A Saturday night dance is held at the pavilion at the Wellington Fairgrounds at 1st Street and U.S. 83.
 
Annual Collingsworth County Fair, Saturday After Labor Day, Sept:
This event features typical county fair activities including showcasing crops, gardening, flowers, quilt making, art, photography, and cooking. Other activities include a parade, games, and food and vendor booths. (806) 447-5848. This event is held at the Wellington Fairgrounds at 1st Street and U.S. 83.