O'BRIEN, TEXAS. O'Brien is at the junction of State Highway 6 and Farm Road 2229, on the Santa Fe Railroad in northwest Haskell County. It was established in 1906 with the construction of the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railway and was named for railroad superintendent Nick O'Brien. An earlier community near the site had been called Carney, after founder Tom Carney. The population of O'Brien was 350 in 1915 and 800 in 1940, when the town had eight businesses. In 1953 a tornado caused major loss of life and property damage. Rebuilding followed, and the town was incorporated in 1958. By the mid-1960s cotton, seed, grain, and oil provided prosperity enough for construction of a new city hall, a fire station, a sewer system, and a school, although the population of 287 in 1960 was a sharp drop from the 1940 peak. The decline can be attributed to proximity to Rochester and Knox City, with their greater commercial and cultural offerings. The population of O'Brien was 258 in 1970 and 212 in 1980. In 1990 it was 152. The population was 132 in 2000.
Image Use Disclaimer
All copyrighted materials included within the Handbook of Texas Online are in accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107 related to Copyright and “Fair Use” for Non-Profit educational institutions, which permits the Texas State Historical Association (TSHA), to utilize copyrighted materials to further scholarship, education, and inform the public. The TSHA makes every effort to conform to the principles of fair use and to comply with copyright law.
For more information go to: http://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/17/107.shtml
If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use, you must obtain permission from the copyright owner.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.Handbook of Texas Online, "O'brien, TX," accessed January 16, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hlo01.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.