One lazy Sunday afternoon after visiting my alma mater, Texas Tech University in Lubbock, I went for a drive encompassing over 300 miles. The fall weather was perfect, with a cool day and lots of sunshine. One can easily appreciate the expansive blue skies of West Texas.
My quest to visit all 254 Texas Courthouses drew me to drive west and northwest of Lubbock. These small towns brought back fond remembrances of many friends who grew up in these agricultural towns and attended Texas Tech. Several fraternity brothers were from Muleshoe, population nearly 7000 now.
The people of this region are the best. Rugged individualists, smart, stubborn, extremely hard working, very friendly, and the salt of the earth. It is sad to see some towns withering as the younger generation prefers to live in the larger cities. Other counties seem to prosper, more than likely due to enhanced oil and gas exploration in recent years.
This is Edition One of the Panhandle Courthouses. Believe it or not, with my goal, I have 57 more to go in this region! The region is roughly defined as north of I-20 to the Oklahoma border and west to the New Mexico state line. Wish me luck and come back often.
Curtis A. Smith 2000-2017