NORTON, TEXAS. Norton, on Farm Road 383 in west central Runnels County, was named for George W. Norton, who owned the townsite land. The post office opened in 1894 with Marion A. Wilkerson as postmaster. The first houses were built in 1901, and in 1902 the post office was moved. A school began operation in 1901, as did the first store, built by Robert Turner. Businesses included a gin and a bank which operated from 1923 to 1930. In 1912 a cyclone killed one resident and damaged buildings, and in 1929 a fire caused extensive property damage. Norton has remained a small town serving the surrounding rural area. Until the 1930s its population did not exceed fifty. In 1940 the town had a population of 120 and five businesses. The population was seventy-six in 1980 through 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, "Norton, TX," accessed January 16, 2017, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hnn38.
Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.