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WOODY, TEXAS. Woody was thirty miles northwest of Pecos at the headquarters of the W Ranch in north central Loving County. A post office that operated at Woody in 1910 and 1911 was likely named for Fannin Woodyard Johnson, who was called Woody. Johnson was the leading partner in a business alliance with his two brothers, W. D. and J. L. The Johnsons, who invested in banking and merchandizing in Pecos, bought the W Ranch from Continental Land and Cattle Company in 1893. By 1910 they owned 1,200 sections of land in Loving, Winkler, and Ward counties. However, in 1910 ranching was stifled in a severe drought that afflicted West Texas. The Johnsons reduced their cattle holdings in Loving County and in 1912 sold the W Ranch to John Z. Means of Valentine.


Robert W. Dunn, The History of Loving County, Texas (M.A. thesis, University of Texas, 1948; condensed in West Texas Historical Association Year Book, 1948). A History of Winkler County (Kermit, Texas: Winkler County Historical Commission, 1984). Alton Hughes, Pecos: A History of the Pioneer West (Seagraves, Texas: Pioneer, 1978).

Julia Cauble Smith


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

Julia Cauble Smith, "WOODY, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed November 25, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.

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