Booker, Texas

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Booker is a town in Lipscomb and Ochiltree Counties in the U.S. state of Texas and named for B.F. Booker, a civil engineer for the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway [3]. The population was 1,315 at the 2000 census.

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Geography

Booker is located at 36°27′14″N 100°32′17″W / 36.45389°N 100.53806°W / 36.45389; -100.53806 (36.453926, -100.538125)[4]. It is incorporated in Lipscomb County, and most of its territory lies in that county; only a small portion extends into Ochiltree County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), all of it land.

History

Booker was originally founded seven miles north of where it currently sits as La Kemp, Oklahoma, in 1909. However, ten years later when the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway was built from Shattuck, Oklahoma, to Spearman, Texas, the entire town moved seven miles across the state line to be near the railroad. The town was platted shortly before the move in 1917 by Thomas C. Spearman who had Spearman, Texas named after him. La Kemp was renamed Booker in honor of one of the engineers for the railroad.[3] Ironically, the railroad was removed 2006-2007.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,315 people, 455 households, and 342 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,260.3 people per square mile (488.2/km²). There were 541 housing units at an average density of 518.5/sq mi (200.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.48% White, 0.46% African American, 0.76% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 24.56% from other races, and 2.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 38.71% of the population.

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