Phillips, Texas

Coordinates: 35°41′15″N 101°21′04″W / 35.68742°N 101.35111°W / 35.68742; -101.35111
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Phillips, Texas
CountryUnited States
Elevation3,061 ft (933 m)
 • Total4,250
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP codes
79007 (Borger)
Area code806
GNIS feature ID1365141[1]

Phillips is a ghost town in Hutchinson County, Texas, United States.[2] It was founded as Pantex, Texas. In 1938, Pantex and Whittenburg combined and renamed as Phillips for the dominant employer, the Phillips Petroleum Company, by a vote of the people.

American actress Mary Castle lived in Phillips as a girl and attended junior high school there.

State Senator and former president of West Texas A&M University Max Sherman was reared in Phillips and graduated from Phillips High School. Singer/songwriter Russell "Red" Steagall grew up in Sanford and also graduated from Phillips High School.

Past demographics[edit]

Maximum population: 4,250 in 1947


It is served by the Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips Consolidated Independent School District.

It was a part of the Phillips Independent School District until July 1, 1987, when it merged into the PSP CISD.[3]

On March 19, 1950, a fire destroyed the high school. Local churches housed classes until the new school was built.[citation needed]

Decreasing population[edit]

In the 1950s and 1960s, improved highways and transportation resulted in many businesses and people moving to Borger. By 1980, the population had dropped to about 2,500.

1980 explosion[edit]

A hydrocarbon explosion at the refinery in 1980 obliterated part of the industrial area and some nearby homes. Damages were estimated to be in the millions of dollars. After a long battle between the citizens of Phillips, M&M Cattle Company, and later Phillips 66, the town was permanently closed to residency, at the request of Phillips 66 Oil Company. The homes themselves were owned, but the land they sat upon was property of two local ranchers who leased the land originally to the company and later to the home owners. After the explosion, the company purchased the land from the ranches and forced the homeowners to move. In 1987, three schools and communities, Plemons, Stinnett and Phillips, created the Plemons-Stinnett-Phillips Consolidated independent School District. Three mascots, the Plemons Indians, Stinnett Rattlers and the Phillips Blackhawks were changed to create the Comanches. The campuses of the district, West Texas Elementary School, West Texas Middle School, and West Texas High School are all united as Comanches. Therefore, many homes were moved to areas nearby (Borger, Stinnett, and Fritch). The homes that were not moved were leveled.[4]

Today, the high school is one of the few buildings left and is used for business by the Phillips 66 Refinery.


  1. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Phillips, Texas
  2. ^ Google (22 April 2010). "Phillips, Texas" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 22 April 2010.
  3. ^ "CONSOLIDATIONS, ANNEXATIONS AND NAME CHANGES FOR TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOLS" (PDF). Texas Education Agency. 2018-09-10. Retrieved 2019-10-30.
  4. ^ "Phillips, Texas, Hutchinson County".

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35°41′15″N 101°21′04″W / 35.68742°N 101.35111°W / 35.68742; -101.35111