Anton, TX


By: Rachel Jenkins

Type: General Entry

Published: 1976

Updated: December 4, 2017


Anton, on U.S. Highway 84, Farm roads 168 and 597, and the BNSF Railway twenty-four miles northwest of Lubbock in northeast Hockley County, was founded in the center of what had been the Spade Ranch's north pasture. Around 1924 ranch owner W. L. Ellwood sold off more than 200 farms from his ranch and contracted with the Anton Townsite Company to plat a town at the site of Danforth Switch, a spur of the Pecos and Northern Texas Railway. The site was named Anton in honor of J. F. Anton, a Santa Fe railroad executive. On December 3, 1924, the Anton Townsite Company sponsored a "Grand Opening Jubilee" for the town; despite a bad sandstorm, they sold over 200 town lots the first day. Early businesses included a depot, four lumber companies, a gin, a hotel, and a newspaper, the Anton News (later the Four County News, which ended publication in 1959). The first mayor was Paul Whitfield, and when the post office opened in 1925 the first postmaster was J. C. Arnett. The Anton Independent School District was established in 1925; classes were held in two small frame buildings, though by the end of the year the district had obtained a $40,000 building. By 1926 several churches had been established; by 1929 the town had a bank. In the late 1930s Anton, which then had a population of 400 and twenty businesses, was incorporated. Grain, cotton, and later oil were central to the economy. The town also had for a time a large rabbit-processing plant, though by 1982 it had closed down. Anton had a population of 1,368 and fifty businesses in the 1960s. By the early 1980s the town again had a newspaper, the Anton Star. In 1988 Anton's population of 1,198 was served by fourteen businesses. In 1990 the population was 1,212. That figure dropped slightly to 1,200 in 2000, increased to 1,126 in 2010, and was estimated at 1,133 in 2016. In 2016 the city had four churches, two parks, one high school, a post office, and a bank.

Lillian Brasher, Hockley County (2 vols., Canyon, Texas: Staked Plains, 1976). Kathleen E. and Clifton R. St. Clair, eds., Little Towns of Texas (Jacksonville, Texas: Jayroe Graphic Arts, 1982). Orville R. Watkins, "Hockley County: From Cattle Ranches to Farms," West Texas Historical Association Year Book 17 (1941).

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Rachel Jenkins, “Anton, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 02, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/anton-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1976
December 4, 2017

Place
Anton
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
2409717
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Hockley County
Associated Names

Danforth Switch

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 33.81127810°
  • Longitude: -102.16214000°
Population Counts
People Year
1,212 1990
1,200 2000
1,126 2010
1,105 2019