Bushland, TX


By: H. Allen Anderson

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: November 1, 1994


Bushland, on Interstate Highway 40 fourteen miles west of Amarillo in southwestern Potter County, was established as a station on the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway. It was named for William Henry Bush of Chicago, who gave land that he had bought from the Frying Pan Ranch for a townsite and a railroad right-of-way. On July 3, 1908, Bush and his associate, S. H. Smiser, dedicated the townsite. A school district was soon established there, with Zulema Clark as its first teacher. Charles B. Bush opened the post office in January 1909. The population grew from twenty in the 1920s to 175 in 1940. By that time Bushland had four businesses, an elementary school, and a Baptist church. By 1984 the town reported three rated businesses, including a grain elevator. Population estimates for the community remained at 130 from 1965 through 2000.

Della Tyler Key, In the Cattle Country: History of Potter County, 1887–1966 (Amarillo: Tyler-Berkley, 1961; 2d ed., Wichita Falls: Nortex, 1972). Fred Tarpley, 1001 Texas Place Names (Austin: University of Texas Press, 1980).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

H. Allen Anderson, “Bushland, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed May 21, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/bushland-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
November 1, 1994

Place
Bushland
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1353409
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Potter County
Associated Names

Bush

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 35.19199780°
  • Longitude: -102.06463920°
Population Counts
People Year
1,485 2014