Cross Plains, Texas

History

Cross Plains, at the junction of State highways 36 and 206 in southeastern Callahan County, was established as a post office in 1877. The settlement had previously been known as Turkey Creek and Schleicher. In 1880 Cross Plains had twenty-five residents, a cotton gin, a gristmill, a wagonmaker, and a store; by 1885 it had a population of 175. In 1902 the short-lived Cross Plains Herald was published and edited by J. D. Grains. The Cross Plains Review, first published and edited by Belmont L. Shields, began publication in 1909 and is still being published. By 1910, the year the town incorporated, the population had grown to 600. The Texas Central Railroad reached Cross Plains in 1912, and the town became a trading center for cotton and other crops. The discovery of oil in 1925 at Pioneer and adjacent fields set off a boom. The population in Cross Plains reached 1,229 in 1940 and remained relatively stable into the 1980s. Robert E. Howard lived in Cross Plains during his most productive writing period. In 1980 the town had a new high school and post office, two motels, four restaurants, and eight churches. The Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railroad, which absorbed the Texas Central, had abandoned its track in Cross Plains by this time. In 1990 the population was 1,063, and in 2000 the population was 1,068. Source: Handbook of Texas Online.

Cross Plains was struck by a devastating wildfire on December 27, 2005.  View photos of the fire and the aftermath.

On January 11th, 2011, Cross Plains celebrated its 100th Anniversary.  Higginbotham's, one of the oldest businesses in Cross Plains has been approved for a Historical Marker in 2014.

Robert Howard Days, a celebration of the life of Robert E. Howard creator of Conan the Barbarian, are celebrated on Friday and Saturday on the second weekend in June.

The Barbarian Festival is held on the second Saturday in June.

Schools

Cross Plains High School

Cross Plains Elementary School

Cross Plains Exes website, facebook page

Books

Cross Plains Remembered : Photos, Memories & A Little Bit of Everything Else, 2011, Cross Plains Remembered, Volume 2, 2012 and Cross Plains Remembered, Volume 3, 2012, all by the Barbarian Festival Committee, edited by Teri Brown. 352 pages each.  Available at the Cross Plains Library.

Footsteps of Approaching Thousands, a History of the Early Days of Cross Plains, 2011 by Ann Beeler. Available from the Cross Plains Library.

Cemeteries

Cross Plains Memorial Park >>

Resources

Cross Plains Facebook Page

Cross Plains Public Library
149 N Main St.
P.O. Box 333
Cross Plains, TX 76443
254-725-7722  website
Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.; Tuesday 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Closed Friday

Robert E. Howard Museum
Cross Plains

Cross Plains Genealogy Society
The society is not meeting regularly at this time.
information
facebook page

Cross Plains Area Veterans Memorial  website