Abandoned cotton gin in Kalgary
|Elevation||2,503 ft (763 m)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|GNIS feature ID||138001 |
|Website||Handbook of Texas|
Kalgary is situated along FM 261 in southeastern Crosby County, approximately 55 miles (89 km) southeast of Lubbock. It is located within the rolling plains along a drainage divide that separates the White River and the Salt Fork, both tributaries of the Brazos River.
The community was established around 1905, when E.P. Swenson started selling parcels of his 437,670-acre (1,771.2 km2) SMS Ranch. First known as Spur, the community became known as Watson, after early settler Richard Watson Self. A post office opened in 1911, but closed two years later. It reopened in 1925 and in 1927, the community's name was changed from Watson to Kalgary. By the early 1930s, Kalgary was home to approximately ten residents. That figure rose to 100 in 1940. At that time, there were three stores and a gin operating in the community. In 1949, the local school district - known as Self County Line – began consolidating with nearby Crosbyton. No more classes were held in Kalgary after an October 1952 fire destroyed the local school. During the latter half of the twentieth century, the population was estimated to be around 140. That number had decreased to 70 by 2000.
Public education in the community of Kalgary is provided by the Crosbyton Consolidated Independent School District.