Sterling Grocery & Hardware in Ira
|Elevation||2,270 ft (690 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||1338489|
|Website||Handbook of Texas|
Ira is an unincorporated community in Scurry County, Texas, United States. It lies in the southwestern corner of the county at the junction of State Highway 350 and Farm to Market Road 1606, ten miles southwest of Snyder, and has an estimated population of 250.
Ira's history begins sometime in the early 1890s when Ira Green established a general store in the area. Green's store became a meeting point for the stagecoach and mail route, and a community began to spring up. A school opened in 1893 and Ira Green became postmaster when the community's post office was activated three years later.
After reaching its peak in the early 20th Century, Ira survived a period of economic downturn in Scurry County, and in 1980 was reportedly home to 485 residents. This had fallen by almost half by 1990, and in 2000 Ira reported approximately 250 residents.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ira, Texas
- Photos of West Texas and the Llano Estacado
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