Panhandle Plains
2010 Census - 2,017
2000 Census - 1,991
Stratford, Texas
Stratford Texas History:
In 1885, Aaron Norton purchased 100 sections of land from the railroads and platted the town of Stratford. In 1900, the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway built a line to site. A post office was established. In 1901, Stratford replaced Coldwater as the Sherman County seat. The town was promoted by the Standard Land Company. The Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway began service to Stratford in 1928. Stratford incorporated prior to 1940. Stratford is a retail and shipping center for area ranches and farms. Other industries include feedlots, a tannery, feed production plants and manufacturing. The town is billed as the Pheasant Capital of Texas.” Stratford is located a few miles south of the Oklahoma border at the intersections of U.S. 54 (Texas Street), U.S. 287 (Poplar Street) and SH 15, 53 miles slightly northwest of Spearman, 75 miles northwest of Borger, 80 miles northwest of Amarillo, 33.4 miles northwest of Dumas, 61 miles northeast of Channing, and 32 miles northeast of Dalhart, Texas.
Historical Removal of Archives from Coldwater to Stratford, Texas Historical Marker Text:
“On May 2, 1901, an election was held to determine whether the Sherman County seat should be moved from Coldwater (a ranching center in the central part of the county) to Stratford (a growing town on the new railroad). Partisan feelings ran high and the legality of certain votes was questioned. Because of a threatened injunction against the move, a special session of court was held at 1 a.m. on May 6. Votes were canvassed and, under cover of darkness, the county records were spirited to a tent about 2 blocks south of here. A horseman bringing the injunction to halt the move arrived too late. For several days apprehensive Stratford citizens kept an armed guard posted around the tent. Proponents of Coldwater then filed a suit titled W.B. Slaughter Et Al. vs. D.W. Snyder Et Al., but by the time court convened, Stratford had been widely accepted as county seat and the suit was dismissed. Those who helped move the records included D.W. Snyder, County Judge; C.F. Rudolph, County Clerk; Dick Pincham, Sheriff; D.D. Spurlock, Deputy Sheriff; Tom Chambers, Treasurer; W.J. Potts and J.H. Bowman, Jr., Commissioners; and J.M. Upshaw, a hired freighter.”
Wind Turbines, Gruver News Article:
The panhandle is known for its winds. Mike McLain was the first area farmer to have wind turbines placed on his land. Exelon Wind, a division of Exelon Power, operates wind turbines near Gruver, Stratford and between Sunray and Dumas.
Sherman County Courthouse, 1922:
This brick and concrete courthouse was designed in Texas Renaissance style by architects Parker & Rittenberry; Rittenberry also designed many west Texas schools. The jail cells from the original jail in the first county seat of Coldwater were installed in the third floor of this courthouse and used until 1972. The 2010 Sherman County census was 3,034. (806) 366-2021. 701 North 3rd Street, Stratford, TX 79084 Email    
Sherman 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) 366-2081. Courthouse Annex, Stratford, TX 79084. Email
Sherman County Depot Museum:
The museum features exhibits depicting the history of Stratford and Sherman County. The museum is housed in the old Santa Fe Railroad depot. Open Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm. (806) 366-2260. It is located at 17 North Main Street in front of the water tower, and by the railroad tracks. Email 
Imagination Station:
The Imagination Station grew from an idea that was first presented to area residents at a community meeting. It began as the Arts Subcommittee of a community development committee within the Stratford Chamber of Commerce. The Imagination Station promotes the active use of imagination and creative thinking in the adults and children in Stratford and Sherman County. They offer programs throughout the year for the children of Stratford and the surrounding communities. Amenities include a computer lab with internet access, a large meeting space, an exhibit area, a full kitchen and a costume room. The center also hosts activities for Girl and Boy Scouts, Drama Camp, Gifted and Talented students and other groups. Donations are accepted. (806) 396-5303. 202 North Main Street.
Sherman County Library:
The library provides traditional library programs, children, youth and adult programs, summer programs, home schooling supplies, test taking help, public access computers with internet connections, and free Wi-Fi. Library cards are free to Sherman County residents. Open Mon, 9am-7pm; Tue-Wed & Thu, 9am-6pm; Fri, 9am-1pm. (806) 366-2200. 719 North Main Street.