LAKETON, TEXAS. Laketon, fifteen miles east of Pampa in the ranching area of northeastern Gray County, was named for several local small playas and founded as a switch on the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway in the early 1900s. A post office was established in 1907 and discontinued in 1910, when mail went through Miami. However, the opening of the Laketon gas field caused the post office to be reestablished in 1929. The settlement became a shipping point after the discovery of oil and gas in the 1920s. By 1930 it had four stores and ten residents. In 1947 it reported two businesses, a school, and a population of fifty. The growth of Pampa as an industrial center, coupled with improved transportation, led to the town's decline. The post office was again closed in 1954. From 1970 to 1990 Laketon reported twelve residents, a store, a church, and a service station. The gas field was still in production in the 1980s.
Gray County History Book Committee, Gray County Heritage (Dallas: Taylor, 1985).
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.
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.H. Allen Anderson, "LAKETON, TX," Handbook of Texas Online (http://www.tshaonline.org/handbook/online/articles/htl04), accessed February 07, 2016. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Get Texas history everyday,
with day by day
Each day's email tells a little bit more of the story of Texas and links to our collection of more than 27,000 articles