Conlen, TX

By: H. Allen Anderson

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: December 1, 1994

Conlen, on U.S. Highway 54 and the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway in eastern Dallam County, was founded in 1903. It was named for Capt. J. H. Conlen, a Spanish-American War veteran who supervised the building of the Rock Island tracks from Liberal, Kansas, to Santa Rosa, New Mexico, through Sherman, Dallam, and Hartley counties in Texas. During the 1930s Conlen was noted for its high school girls' basketball team, which was sponsored by the Conlen Mercantile Company and which won the state championship in 1934. The community is allied by geography and trade with Stratford in Sherman County. Conlen survived the disastrous dust bowl years and later revived its grain-based economy with the introduction of irrigation wells. Conlen reported four businesses and a population of 150 in 1940; by 1948 its population had decreased to sixty-two, with three businesses. Conlen's population was reported as sixty-one in 1990 and sixty-nine in 2000.

Lillie Mae Hunter, The Book of Years: A History of Dallam and Hartley Counties (Hereford, Texas: Pioneer, 1969). Sherman County Historical Survey Committee, God, Grass, and Grit (2 vols., Seagraves, Texas: Pioneer, 1971, 1975).
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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, “Conlen, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed June 25, 2022,

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

December 1, 1994

Currently Exists
Place Type
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Dallam County
Associated Names


  • Latitude: 36.23530810°
  • Longitude: -102.23740260°
Population Counts
People Year
14 2009