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PUMPHREY, TEXAS. Pumphrey is located in north central Runnels County on Farm Road 1677, ten miles northwest of Winters. It was settled in the 1890s and was originally called New Hope. It had a school in 1900 and a post office in 1901, when the name was changed to Pumphrey for a local man, either W. M. Pumphrey or Lewis Pumphrey. At the peak of its prosperity Pumphrey had two general stores, a drugstore, a barbershop, a gin, and two blacksmiths. The last store closed in 1950, and there were only nine residents in 1970. The town did not show any population in the 1980s. The population was fifteen in 2000.


Charlsie Poe, Runnels Is My County (San Antonio: Naylor, 1970).

William R. Hunt


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

William R. Hunt, "PUMPHREY, 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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