Panhandle Plains
2010 Census - Unknown
2000 Census - 25
Thurber, Texas
Thurber Texas History:
In the mid-1880s, Texas & Pacific Railway engineer William Whipple Johnson discovered coal deposits in the Thurber area. He established Thurber as a company town which he controlled until the 1930s. In its heyday the town was the largest town between Fort Worth and El Pasoand had over 8,000 residents. As a company town, Johnson owned the housing, stores, saloon, churches, school and opera house. When the coal mines shut down the town began making bricks. Today eight Texas Historical Markers are located within a one mile radius of downtown Thurber. These markers include the Snake Saloon, Hotel Knox & Mining Office, New York Hill, the brick plant, the cemetery, St. Barbara's Catholic Church, Big Lake & Dairy, and Thurber's first coal mine. The Thurber Cemetery, Saint Barbara’s Church, a coal miner’s house, a smokestack and a train car have been restored. The coal miner’s house has been furnished with period pieces and accessories. The W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas Museum features exhibits depicting the history Thurber. The museum is operated by nearby Tarleton State University. Restaurants include the Smokestack Restaurant, and the New York Hill Restaurant which is built on what was once the site of the town's Episcopal Church at the top of New York Hill. A large bronze plaque detailing Thurber’s significant buildings and sites is also located on New York Hill. The New York Hill Restaurant overlooks the historic bandstand, a typical miner’s home, the historic caboose, and the town’s two bocce ball courts. The annual State Championship Bocce Ball tournament is held on the bocce ball courts. Thurber is located at IH-20 Exit 367 at the intersection of SH 108, 25 miles northeast of Eastland, 16 miles east of Ranger, 49 miles southeast of Breckenridge, 30 miles southeast of Possum Kingdom Lake, 7.6 miles southeast of Strawn, 22 miles south of Palo Pinto, 41 miles southwest of Weatherford, 34 miles southwest of Mineral Wells, 10 miles southwest of Palo Pinto Lake, 6 miles southwest of Gordon, 27 miles northeast of Stephenville, 46 miles north of Dublin, 2 miles north of Mingus, 50 miles northeast of Comanche, 34 miles northeast of De Leon, 30 miles northeast of Gorman, and 55 miles northeast of Proctor, 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

W. K. Gordon Center for Industrial History of Texas, Thurber, TX:
This museum features archives, and exhibits detailing the history of Thurber, the company town owned by the by Texas and Pacific Coal Company. The museum is owned and managed by Tarleton State University. Open Tue-Sat, 10am-4pm; Sun, 1pm-4pm; closed Mondays. A small admission fee applies. From IH-20, take exit 367 (Thurber/Mingus). The Center is located in Thurber on the south side of IH-20, 7.6 miles southeast of Strawn. (254) 968-1886. Email  
Thurber Bocce Ball:
The Thurber Historical Association maintains the bocce ball fields and hosts the annual St. Barbara’s Church Bocce Ball Tournament and the Bocce Ball Texas State Championship Tournament.
New York Hill Restaurant, 1989:
The restaurant is located on the top of New York Hill overlooking the small town of Thurber. It is located adjacent to Greystone Castle and the W.K. Gordon Museum. It overlooks the historic Thurber bandstand, a typical miner’s home, the historic caboose, and the town’s two bocce ball courts.Free Wi-Fi is available. Open Sun-Thu, 7:30am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 7:30am-10pm. (254) 672-5848. 292 CR 107, Thurber, Texas. Take the IH-20 Exit 367. Email  Reviews
Smokestack Restaurant:
This restaurant was originally housed in the old Thurber Drugstore building. When the building burned in 1992 the Bennett family rebuilt the restaurant in the north end of the old Texas & Pacific Mercantile building which was built out of the original late 1890s Thurber bricks. The restaurant takes its name from the tall smokestack that used to provide the town’s electricity. In addition to serving homemade country style cooking, they sell six packs of Dublin Dr. Pepper made with Imperial Pure Cane Sugar. They also have free Wi-Fi. Open Sun-Thu, 7am-9pm; Fri-Sat, 7am-10pm. (254) 672-5560. Take the IH-20 Exit 367. Email  Reviews