Members Only Area
Bookmark and Share
sidebar menu icon

DEEP LAKE, TX

DEEP LAKE, TEXAS. Deep Lake, in northwestern Hall County, became the first post office in the county in November 1884, with Frederick S. Lord as postmaster. The office was moved ten miles northeast to the dugout of J. H. Lafferty, who acted as postmaster, and was renamed Ephraim for Ephraim H. Cone, an early settler, in August 1886. Mail was delivered to Lafferty from Clarendon by passing cowboys and later by W. R. Martin. This office was discontinued in May 1890, but Deep Lake again secured a post office in July 1909, with Rhoda Baker as postmistress. This office was closed in August 1911, and thereafter the community was served by rural free delivery from Lakeview. The Deep Lake area was the scene of the first ranching in the county, a fact that probably accounts for the early post office. It was named for a large lake that for many years was considered "bottomless." The site was a favorite campground for Indians, and stories were circulated that great treasures were buried near the lake. Although a few businesses were located there in 1909, only farms remained in the vicinity in the 1980s.

BIBLIOGRAPHY: 
Inez Baker, Yesterday in Hall County (Memphis, Texas, 1940). Arthur Hecht, comp., Postal History in the Texas Panhandle (Canyon, Texas: Panhandle-Plains Historical Society, 1960).
H. Allen Anderson

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.

Citation

The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

Handbook of Texas Online, H. Allen Anderson, "Deep Lake, TX," accessed July 23, 2016, http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/hvd15.

Uploaded on June 12, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

Texas AlmanacFor more information about towns and counties including physical features, statistics, weather, maps and much more, visit the Town Database on TexasAlmanac.com!