Charles G. Davis

TOKIO, TEXAS (Terry County). Tokio is at the intersection of U.S. Highway 82/380 and a local road, seventeen miles west of Brownfield in extreme western Terry County. The town was founded around 1908 and may have been named by Mrs. H. L. Ware for the capital of Japan. In 1912 a post office was opened with Mrs. Ware as postmistress, and in 1929 the community reported a population of fifteen. Located in a farming region with nearby oil and gas fields, Tokio kept its post office and a small population through the early 1990s. In the 1940s it reported about three businesses and 125 residents. From the 1950s through 1990 the town had an estimated population of sixty. In the early 1990s Tokio reported a post office and four businesses. The population dropped to twenty-four in 2000.

Terry County Historical Survey Committee, Early Settlers of Terry (Hereford, Texas: Pioneer, 1968).

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:

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, Charles G. Davis, "TOKIO, TX (TERRY COUNTY)," accessed April 19, 2019,

Uploaded on June 15, 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!

Get this week's most popular Handbook of Texas articles delivered straight to your inbox