Seymour, Texas

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Seymour, Texas
Location of Seymour, Texas
Location of Seymour, Texas
Coordinates: 33°35′39″N 99°15′37″W / 33.59417°N 99.26028°W / 33.59417; -99.26028Coordinates: 33°35′39″N 99°15′37″W / 33.59417°N 99.26028°W / 33.59417; -99.26028[1]
CountryUnited States
Incorporated (town)1890 (dissolved 1892)
Incorporated (city)1906
 • TypeMayor-Council
 • MayorJon Hrncirik
 • City CouncilBrian Broome
Lan Winn
Paula Vaden
Mary Kay Fair
Monty Glass
 • City AdministratorSteve Beidermann
 • Chamber of Commerce DirectorSamantha Castilleja
 • Total2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)
 • Land2.9 sq mi (7.6 km2)
 • Water0.004 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation1,289 ft (393 m)
 • Total2,740
 • Density930/sq mi (360/km2)
Time zoneUTC-6 (Central (CST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-5 (CDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)940
FIPS code48-66968[2]

Seymour is a city in and the county seat of Baylor County, Texas, United States.[3] The population was 2,740 as of the 2010 Census.[4]


Seymour is located on the Brazos River,[5] it is 52 miles (84 km) southwest of Wichita Falls and 102 miles (164 km) north-northeast of Abilene.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 2.9 square miles (7.6 km2), of which 0.004 square miles (0.01 km2), or 0.20%, is water.[4]


The climate is humid subtropical (Köppen: Cfa) with an extreme temperature deviation, however much of the time the variation is always more and the warm weather prevails over the cold as the averages and the records show, its subtropical location and south of the center of a large land mass bring occasional outbreaks even to a latitude and not very high altitude. The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters, sometimes cold.[6] On August 12, 1936, Seymour witnessed the record highest temperature in Texas (120 °F), a record that was tied by the city of Monahans on June 28, 1994.[7]

Climate data for Seymour, TX
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 89
Average high °F (°C) 54.1
Average low °F (°C) 27.1
Record low °F (°C) −14
Average precipitation inches (mm) 0.99
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.8
Source: WRCC


Seymour is within the area underlain by Texas Red Beds, which are a strata of red-colored sedimentary rock from the Early Permian; the fossils of Permian period vertebrates in the Texas Red Beds were first discovered by Edward Drinker Cope in 1877.[8][9] Subsequent research has revealed rare fossils of Permian-era amphibians like Trimerorhachis,[10] as well as rich deposits of other Permian tetrapods such as Dimetrodon and Diadectes;[11] the order Seymouriamorpha and genus Seymouria, which were first discovered in the Seymour area, are named after the city.[12]

The interest in Seymour's Texas Red Beds has only increased in the last 5 years with the addition of their paleo museum, Whiteside Museum of Natural History. A Geological Guide of Baylor County can be downloaded from their website as well.[13]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20162,719[14]−0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

2010 census[edit]

As of the census of 2010, there were 2,740 people, a decrease of 5.78% since 2000 (168 people). The racial makeup of the town was 91.28% White (2,501 people), 3.61% Hispanic or Latino of any race (373 people), 2.45% African American (67 people), 0.22% Native American (6 people), 0.11% Asian (3 people), 0.11% Pacific Islander (3 people), 4.11% from other races (104 people), and 3.80% from two or more races (56 people).

There were 1,451 housing units, 249 of which were vacant.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[2] of 2000, 2,908 people, 1,273 households, and 790 families resided in the city; the population density was 1,067.5 people per square mile (412.8/km²). The 1,534 housing units averaged 563.1 per square mile (217.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 89.24% White (2,595 people), 10.45% Hispanic or Latino of any race (304 people), 4.57% African American (133 people), 0.48% Native American (14 people), 0.72% Asian (21 people), 0.10% Pacific Islander (3 people), 3.44% from other races (100 people), and 1.44% from two or more races (42 people).

Of the 1,273 households, 26.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.1% were married couples living together, 10.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.9% were not families; 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 21.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the city, the population was distributed as 24.3% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 24.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 83.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $23,662, and for a family was $32,917. Males had a median income of $21,891 versus $19,292 for females; the per capita income for the city was $16,062. About 15.6% of families and 19.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.8% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

Businesses and organizations[edit]

The local Seymour Chamber of Commerce, Seymour Council for the Arts & Enrichment, Rodeo Association, Lions Club, and Busted in Baylor County action group are amongst the many organizations in Seymour, as well as an active Relay for Life Event.

Seymour is also home to the Whiteside Museum of Natural History, a active museum which displays fossils collected from the surrounding area; the museum also employs a team of paleontologists to analyze new findings, with the help of volunteers from the community.[16][17] The Whiteside Museum of Natural History is committed to inspiring enthusiasm and creating opportunities for discovering our present and ancient world and the immense cultural significance represented by the town of Seymour, Texas.  The information provided to the community will be as accurate and up-to-date as possible and disseminated through the use of educational programming, fun interactive exhibits, growing and changing collections, and scientific research.  With the goal to empower people to go forth and use their experience in future meaningful ways, the museum will in return be recognized as an innovative and healthy place of learning and research.  The museum will strive to lead by example in demonstrating responsibility to the planet and its people through an ongoing commitment to green energy and conservancy, and will maintain ethical standards within the industry.  These values will extend throughout the museum’s presence within the community and beyond.[18]

The City Hall Cinema project was completed in November 2016. Attendees enjoy a blast from the past and a portal to the future all rolled up into one!  The restored 1924 City Hall building houses movies the 2nd and 4th weekends, always free admission, on Fridays at 7pm and Saturdays 6pm & 8pm.  Summer Cinema Shows: Every Friday at 7pm and Saturdays at 6pm and 8pm. 

Busted in Baylor County Action Group hosts an annual Motorcycle & Music Rally the 3rd weekend of August at the Seymour Rodeo Grounds. Proceeds are donated to local community members battling cancer, Relay for Life, and Meals on Wheels. BIBC hosts local BBQ fundraisers when needed to help offset medical costs associated with fighting Cancer.


Seymour is served by the Seymour Independent School District; the posted 2018-2019 Board Goals are as follows:

  1. Establish consistent practices and expectations of students and staff throughout the district to improve campus culture, student discipline, and planning.
  2. Prioritize the retaining of staff and students in the school system through multiple avenues.
  3. Establish positive staff-student relationships in order to reinforce social appropriateness in the middle school and high school.
  4. Promote parent-school relationships through parent-teacher conferences for all students in the district.
  5. Promote an atmosphere in Seymour ISD that emphasizes real-world readiness/success (outside of testing).[19]


Seymour in 1890

Seymour was founded by settlers from Oregon, who called the town Oregon City; it was originally located where the Western Trail crossed the Brazos River, which flows just south of the townsite. A post office was established in 1879, when the town's name was changed to honor local cowboy Seymour Munday, after whom nearby Munday was also named; the census of 1880 shows 78 people living in the 901 square mile county.[20] The first settlers were ranchers, taking advantage of the free range. During those years, the Millett Brothers established a large ranch with the headquarters some 10 miles south of Seymour on Miller Creek. There were about 50 men in the Millett outfit and some of these were reported to be outlaws, it was not unusual for some of the cowboys to ride into town and proceed to "shoot it up". The Milletts realized that law had come to Baylor County in 1884 and sold the ranch, it was the largest transaction ever made in northwest Texas at that time. The purchasers used the Hashknife Ranch brand, which is still in use in the county.[21]

Commerce, a newspaper, a hotel, and the county courthouse all followed soon after, as did violence between cowboys and settlers; the town experienced two distinct economic booms: the first, short-lived, was with the construction of the Wichita Valley rail line in 1880, and the second was due to the discovery of oil in 1906. The population grew from 500 in 1884 to almost 3800 in 1950; it remained at about that level for more than 30 years, but has declined since to 2,740 in the 2010 census. Agribusiness, as well as some tourism from nearby Lake Kemp, has overtaken oil as the driving factor of the local economy; the Old Settlers Reunion and Rodeo has been held each July since 1896.[22]

The town calls itself "the crossroads of North Texas" because it is located at the junction of five highways: U.S. highways 82, 277, 183, and 283, and State Highway 114.[23]

On August 12, 1936, the temperature at Seymour reached 120 °F (49 °C), the highest temperature ever recorded in the state of Texas.[24]

The Seymour Division of La Escalera Ranch is located north of Seymour in Baylor County and consists of 34,000 contiguous acres (120 km²) in Baylor and Archer Counties. Previously known as Circle Bar Ranch, La Escalera Limited Partnership purchased the ranch from the Claude Cowan, Sr. Trust in January 2005. La Escalera partner Jo Lyda Granberg and husband K. G. Granberg manage the cow-calf operation; the ranch is known for its reputation herd of Black Angus cattle and its abundant wildlife, including white-tailed deer, white-winged dove, mourning dove, northern bobwhite quail, Rio Grande wild turkey, and feral pigs.

A generous portion of the Waggoner Ranch is also located in Baylor County; the Waggoner Ranch was established in 1849 by Dan Waggoner. He began buying land in western Wise County in 1870; as land was cleared for settlement, he gradually moved west and by the late 1870s settled along Beaver Creek near Electra Texas.

Dan Waggoner passed away in 1903, and his son, W. T. (Tom) Waggoner continued to expand his ranching interests. Today the ranch consists of approximately 535,000 acres, and is recognized as the largest ranch in Texas under one fence. In 1923, W. T. formed what is known today as the W. T. Waggoner Estate, he served as trustee, and his three children, Guy Waggoner, Electra Waggoner Wharton, and E. Paul Waggoner comprised the Board of Directors.

The W. T. Waggoner Ranch is five-time winner of the Texas Ranch Roundup and a recipient of the American Quarter Horse Association's "Best of the Remuda Award". Members of American Quarter Horse Association, Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association, National Beef Council, Texas Alliance of Energy Producers, and the Texas Land and Mineral Owners Association.

Main interests of the company are ranching, oil, and approximately 26,000 acres in cultivation; the horses are bred for working ranch purposes,and many still carry the bloodline of the famous quarter horse, Poco Bueno.

Descendants of the Waggoner family sold the ranch to Kroenke-Ranches of Bozeman, Montana in 2016.  Today, the W. T. Waggoner Ranch is managed by Sam Connolly of Bozeman.[25]


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  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Seymour city, Texas". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved April 9, 2014.
  5. ^ Seymour West, TX, 7.5 Minute Topographic Quadrangle, USGS, 1966
  6. ^ Climate Summary for Seymour, Texas
  7. ^ Enloe. "State Climate Extremes Committee (SCEC) | Extremes | National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI)". Retrieved April 12, 2017.
  8. ^ Cope, E. D. Descriptions of extinct vertebrata from the Permian and Triassic formations of the United States. Proceedings of the American Philosophical Society, 1877. Volume 17:182–195. JSTOR. Accessed on August 28, 2017.
  9. ^ Case, E.C.The Red Beds between Wichita Falls, Texas, and Las Vegas, New Mexico, in Relation to Their Vertebrate Fauna. The Journal of Geology, vol. 22, no. 3, 1914, pp. 243–259. JSTOR. Accessed on August 28, 2017.
  10. ^ Henry, Randy. NRCS and Landowner Team Up With Houston Museum after Rare Species Discovery. Natural Resources Conservation Service. Accessed on August 28, 2017.
  11. ^ Caulfield, Dave. Prehistoric Predators: Fossil Findings in Seymour 'Redefining'. Newschannel 6: October 25, 2015. Accessed on August 28, 2017.
  12. ^ Williston, S. W. Restoration of Seymouria Baylorensis Broili, an American Cotylosaur. The Journal of Geology: 1911, vol. 19, no. 3, pp. 232–237. JSTOR. Accessed on August 28, 2017.
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  15. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  16. ^ Hanna, Bill. Remains of the day: Seymour Researchers Unearth Prehistoric Skeleton. Fort Worth Star Telegram: February 9, 2015. Accessed on August 28, 2017.
  17. ^ Touring Texoma: Ancient Treasures. KDFX News. Accessed on August 28, 2017.
  18. ^ "Mission - The Whiteside Museum of Natural History". Retrieved May 29, 2019.
  19. ^ "Seymour ISD - 2018-2019 Seymour ISD Board of Education Goals". Retrieved May 21, 2019.
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  21. ^ ANDERSON, H. ALLEN (June 15, 2010). "HASHKNIFE RANCH". Retrieved May 29, 2019.
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