Rule, TX


By: Jack E. Westbrook and Mrs. Jack E. Westbrook

Type: General Entry

Published: 1952

Updated: June 1, 1995


Rule is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 380 and State Highway 6, about fifty-five miles north of Abilene in western Haskell County. The community, established in anticipation of the arrival of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway, was named in honor of William A. Rule, Sr., a railroad official. A post office opened there in May 1903, and the first train arrived in 1905. J. L. Jones, who provided land for the townsite, and A. C. Foster invested in a hotel, gins, and other enterprises to get the town started. Jones organized a bank in 1906, the year the town's first newspaper began publication. Rule was incorporated on August 31, 1909, with a mayor-council form of city government. In 1912 Rule's estimated population was 891. Its population had grown to 1,347 in 1960 and was about 1,015 in 1984. During the 1980s Rule served the surrounding area as an agricultural and oil-oriented trade center. In 1990 the citizens of Rule erected a Veteran's Memorial Monument to honor its war veterans. Chiseled into the monument are the names of more than 800 veterans from the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In 1991 Rule reported a population of 789, with some twenty-seven businesses. The population dropped to 698 in 2000.

Edward Jacob Cloud, The Story of Rule, Texas (Stillwater, Oklahoma: Frontier, 1982). Robert E. Sherrill, Haskell County History (Haskell, Texas: Haskell Free Press, 1965).
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Jack E. Westbrook and Mrs. Jack E. Westbrook, “Rule, TX,” Handbook of Texas Online, accessed July 05, 2022, https://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/entries/rule-tx.

Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

1952
June 1, 1995

Place
Rule
Currently Exists
Yes
Place Type
Town
USGS ID
2412582
Town Fields
  • Has post office: Yes
  • Is Incorporated: Yes
Belongs to
  • Haskell County
Coordinates
  • Latitude: 33.18193330°
  • Longitude: -99.89326200°
Population Counts
People Year
783 1990
698 2000
636 2010
623 2019