Whitharral, Texas

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Whitharral, Texas
Whitharral, Texas
Water tower in Whitharral
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Whitharral
Coordinates: 33°44′15″N 102°19′38″W / 33.73750°N 102.32722°W / 33.73750; -102.32722Coordinates: 33°44′15″N 102°19′38″W / 33.73750°N 102.32722°W / 33.73750; -102.32722[1]
Country United States
State Texas
CountyHockley
Physiographic regionLlano Estacado
Founded1924
Elevation3,481 ft (1,061 m)
Population
(2000)
 • Total175
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
79380
Area code806
WebsiteHandbook of Texas

Whitharral (pronounced "WHIT-hair-ul", the T and H do not blend) is an unincorporated community in Hockley County, Texas, United States.

History[edit]

Whitharral was founded in 1924 after the sale of the Littlefield ranchlands.[2] The town was named for John Whitfield Harral, a trustee of the Yellow House Land Company, which sold the Littlefield ranchlands to farmers.[3]

A school was founded in 1925, and a post office the following year.[2] Cotton gins, three churches, a garage, and a general store followed soon after.

Tornadoes have hit the town twice.[2] The first occurred on Easter Sunday of 1957, causing some residential damage. Late in the evening on April 17, 1970, a violent tornado caused heavy damage to parts of the city and flattened the school's gym just minutes after fans and players had left the facility.[4]

Education[edit]

The Whitharral Independent School District serves area students. The high school football team has played in the UIL six-man football state championship three times, winning in 1981 and 2001.[5]

On March 2, 2013, the Whitharral girls basketball team, the Lady Panthers, captured the Class 1A Division II state championship by defeating Saltillo of Hopkins County, Texas.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Whitharral". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  2. ^ a b c "Whitharral, Texas". Handbook of Texas Online. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
  3. ^ Peterman, Vincent Matthew (1979). Pioneer Days: A Half-Century of Life in Lamb County and Adjacent Communities. Lubbock: Texas Tech University Press. p. 61.
  4. ^ Grazulis, Thomas (1993). Significant Tornadoes 1680-1991: A Chronology and Analysis of Events. St. Johnsbury, VT: Environmental Films. ISBN 1-879362-03-1.
  5. ^ "Whitharral Takes Title". Sixmanfootball.com. Retrieved 2010-02-02.

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