Royalty, TX


By: Glenn Justice

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: June 1, 1995


Royalty is at the intersection of Farm Road 1219 and State Highway 18, two miles north of Grandfalls in southern Ward County. It was named for royalties paid to landowners after the discovery of oil at Grandfalls in 1927. Royalty was established to serve the neighboring oilfield and its workers. Before a post office was opened in 1929, it was known as Allentown, after an early landowner. In 1933 Royalty had an estimated population of twenty, and a hotel, drugstore, cafe, pool hall, barbershop, and laundry. Its population peaked at 750 in 1940, when it reported thirty-five businesses. By 1950 Royalty had an estimated 280 residents and five businesses. With declining oilfield activity, the population had fallen to about 190 by 1968. In 1990 the population was reported as 196. The population dropped to twenty-nine in 2000.

Fred I. Massengill, Texas Towns: Origin of Name and Location of Each of the 2,148 Post Offices in Texas (Terrell, Texas, 1936). Samuel D. Myres, The Permian Basin: Petroleum Empire of the Southwest (2 vols., El Paso: Permian, 1973, 1977).
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The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.

Glenn Justice, “Royalty, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 07, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/royalty-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
June 1, 1995

Place
Royalty
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
1366987
Town Fields
  • Has post office: No
  • Is Incorporated: No
Belongs to
  • Ward County
Associated Names

Allentown

Coordinates
  • Latitude: 31.37236160°
  • Longitude: -102.86709810°
Population Counts
People Year
27 2009