Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Erath County, Texas:

An Inventory of Photographs, 1888-1998, at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library

Descriptive Summary

Creator Texas Tech University. Southwest Collection
Title: Erath County, Texas, Photograph Collection,
Dates: 1888-1998
Abstract: The Erath County, Texas, Photograph Collection, dated 1888-1998, was donated by many individuals.
Collection # SWCPC 209
Quantity: 145 b/w copy prints, 53 photo prints, and 57 negatives
Language English.
Repository: Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University

Biographical Sketch

Located ten miles west of Stephenville, Texas in west central Erath County, Lingleville developed following the establishment of a nearby grocery store by R. P. Campbell in 1884. Alliance College was established by the Farmer's Alliance. Now a ghost town, Thurber, Texas, once boasted a population of maybe 10,000, and was the principal bituminous coal mining town in Texas. The townsite is seventy-five miles west of Fort Worth, Texas, in Erath County. Coal deposits were discovered by William Whipple Johnson, an engineer for the Texas and Pacific Railway in the mid-1880s.

Scope and Contents

Collection contains images of Lingleville, Texas, including Alliance College and Lingleville Christian College (1888 and 1890), miners and mining activity, mercantile buildings, baseball team, water tank, marching band, boarding house, snow scene, brick yard, school group portraits, locomotives, wagons, schools, automobiles, boxers, shops, parade, saloon, mules, associations, picnic, garage, aerial views, and families from Thurber, Texas (19th and early 20th Century). Also included are photos from the Dublin (Texas) Reunion and the Dr. Pepper Bottling Plant Celebration (1998), such as tractors, antique cars, historic buildings, and advertising art.


Access Restrictions

Open for research

Index Terms

The subject headings used by the Southwest Collectin/Special Collections Library are derived from the Library of Congress and/or locally developed.
Subjects (Persons)
Anda, Delphemia
Barlow, Wallace
Beverage, Bobby
Bott, Bill
Bott, Ted
Clowers, Clinton
Compfield, Rush
Crawford, J. P
Franks, Johnny
Gerherd, Ray
Harmon, Willow
Kimbro, Clint
McKinnon, Joe
Parker, T. A.
Rigsby, Hillis
Roberts, Rex
Shaw, Buddy
Simmons, Alver
Southern, Bernadette
Tankersley, Lawrence
Taylor, Jimmy
Thomas, Bren
Thomas, Jack
Tremino, Pete
Turnbow, R. F.
Walters, Henry
Willett, Elton
Subjects (Organizations)
Dr. Pepper Co.--Anniversaries, etc.
Erath County (Tex.)
Lingleville (Tex.)
Stephenville (Tex.)
Thurber (Tex.)
Sports teams--Photographs
Blacksmiths--Texas--Erath County--Photographs
Beverage industry--Texas--Photographs
Brick trade--Texas--Thurber--Photographs
Coal--Texas--Erath County--Photographs
Universities and colleges--Texas--Photographs
Historic buildings--Texas--Photographs
Manufacturing industries--Texas--Photographs
Coal mines and mining--Texas--Thurber--Photographs
Bars (Drinking establishments)--Texas--Thurber--Photographs

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Erath County, Texas, Photograph Collection, 1888-1998, Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas


Gifts, 1978-1982

Processed by

A. Ramirez