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A short history of Gruver, Texas.....

Gruver is located in the tip-top of the Texas Panhandle.  One of the best explanations for its location is to say, "If you would like to hang the state of Texas on the wall, Gruver is where you would drive the nail."  Located in Hansford County, in a region of ranches and farms, with an abundance of minerals, sits Gruver, Texas.  From a land of rolling prairies with no fences and roaming buffalo, the pioneers of the city and area have developed an outstanding environment for young and old alike.

The first structure in the city was the Town site Office.  All plans for the preparation of the town were made from this small building.  An instrumental asset to the establishment of Gruver was the railroad, owned by the Rock Island line.  The line extended from Liberal Kansas to Amarillo Texas and passed through Gruver.  This railroad was completed in 1929 and Gruver began to roll.  Businesses were established in 1928, 1929, and 1930, and in the early 30's the town was hit by the depression and drought.  Residents were determined, fighting the battle of hard times to the bitter end, with Gruver beginning to progress again. 

The school is still today a focal point of Gruver.  Beginning in 1928, small frame buildings dotted throughout the town site to serve as class rooms.  In the spring of 1930 a two-story brick structure was erected to house the schooling of area young people.  This building now serves as the Junior High School and has been followed by the building of an Elementary School & Cafeteria, High School, Auditorium & Band Hall, two Gymnasiums, Activity Center, Agriculture Building and Ag Farm, Football Stadium & Field House, Track, and Tennis Courts. 

Local farming has changed with irrigation now a major factor.  New crops have been introduced with more available water and the progress of farm equipment. 

The old range cow, caught by the pioneers, has changed.  With new methods of ranching and feed development, beef cattle have colored a bright picture for Gruver.  Feedlots have been established that add additional quality to the livestock.

This progressive thinking, community minded populace has numerous active organizations which are all striving to better the community and open the door to a brighter future making Gruver the perfect place to live, raise a family and retire.



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