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Panhandle, Texas
—  Town  —
Welcome sign in Panhandle
Location of Panhandle, Texas
Coordinates: 35°20′51″N 101°22′55″W / 35.3475°N 101.38194°W / 35.3475; -101.38194
Country United States
State Texas
County Carson
 - Total 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 - Land 2.1 sq mi (5.5 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 3,458 ft (1,054 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 2,589
 - Density 1,216.6/sq mi (469.7/km2)
Time zone Central (CST) (UTC-6)
 - Summer (DST) CDT (UTC-5)
ZIP code 79068
Area code(s) 806
FIPS code 48-54960[1]
GNIS feature ID 1364746[2]
Brick streets in Panhandle
Panhandle High School sign

Panhandle is a town in Carson County, Texas, United States. The population was 2,589 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Carson County[3]. Panhandle is part of the Amarillo, Texas Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Square House Museum

The Square House Museum in Panhandle, originally constructed as a dwelling on the N Bar N Ranch in Carson County, contains dioramas and displays of the natural history, history, and art of the Texas Panhandle. There is the historic Square House (the oldest building in the community), the Conway community church, a reconstructed pioneer dugout, windmill, railroad caboose, and Moody wildlife exhibit and art galleries. Restored in 1965, the museum was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.

Square House Museum in Panhandle
Pioneer dugout exhibit at Square House Museum in Panhandle
Temple Houston historical marker at Square House Museum
City Hall in Panhandle is a restored railroad depot.

It is located in Pioneer Park on Texas State Highway 207. There is no admission charge.[4]

Inside the museum is a revised quotation from Cicero in the year 80 B.C.: "History is the witness . . . of time, the torch of truth, . . . the teacher of life, the messenger of antiquity."

Panhandle's history has been closely tied to the railroad. City Hall is located in a former Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe depot.

Temple Lea Houston (1860-1905), the eighth and last child of the legendary Sam Houston, built a home near Panhandle. In 1881, he was named district attorney for the 35th Judicial District. He was elected to the Texas State Senate in 1884, two years before he met the minimum age requirement of twenty-six. Houston was known for favoring legislation popular with frontiersmen.[5]


Panhandle is located at 35°20′51″N 101°22′55″W / 35.3475°N 101.38194°W / 35.3475; -101.38194 (35.347409, -101.381997)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,589 people, 945 households, and 719 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,216.6 people per square mile (469.3/km²). There were 1,014 housing units at an average density of 476.5/sq mi (183.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.16% White, 0.66% African American, 0.77% Native American, 0.08% Asian, 3.86% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.96% of the population.

There were 945 households out of which 38.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.0% were married couples living together, 9.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.9% were non-families. 22.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the town the population was spread out with 29.4% under the age of 18, 5.9% from 18 to 24, 26.4% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 17.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 90.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $41,686, and the median income for a family was $50,735. Males had a median income of $38,155 versus $25,329 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,640. About 4.0% of families and 6.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.1% of those under age 18 and 11.4% of those age 65 or over.


The Town of Panhandle is served by the Panhandle Independent School District.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  
  4. ^ Texas Department of Transportation, Texas State Travel Guide, 2007, p. 128
  5. ^ Texas Historical Commission, Historical marker on Temple Houston, Square House Museum, Panhandle, Texas
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

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