Wild Tales of Moonshine, Murder, And Prosperity In One Texas Panhandle Town
Tales of bootleggers and moonshine, prosperity thanks to oil, and nefarious misdeeds are richly strewn throughout the Texas panhandle's wild past. But one Texas panhandle town in particular is the gift that kept on giving.
The Town's Founder Was Gunned Down At The Post Office
According to legend, the founder of this once wild Texas panhandle town was gunned down in the city post office. When the assailant ran out of bullets using his own gun, he took the town founder's gun and finished the job.
The dispute was over the fact that the town founder wouldn't bail the assailant out of jail. The assailant would be acquitted, after claiming the town founder had been "gunning for him."
The Town's First Mayor And His Shady Associate
When this tiny Texas panhandle town first boomed thanks to oil, it filled up with those looking to making a fortune. It also filled up con artists, card sharks, bootleggers, prostitutes, and fugitives. It had a roaring red light district.
The town's first mayor, according to lore, had a rather shady associate that went by the name of "Two-Gun Dick." Ol' Two-Gun supposedly ran an organized crime syndicate, that supposedly ran the town.
As is the case with most wild parties, the authorities were called to shut it down. The Governor sent the Texas Rangers to keep a lid on the place.
Seven years later, one of those Rangers would be the man who led the posse that hunted down and killed Bonnie and Clyde.
This Town Had A Habit Of Swallowing Other Smaller Towns
You could say that this town actually ate three other small towns. There was no stopping it. More than one person tried to cash in on the boom by starting their own townsite, just to have it swallowed up.
One of those is the Texas ghost town of Isom. The others are Dixon Creek, and the oil camp of Signal Hill.
Welcome To Borger, Texas
I was a bit shocked when I started digging into the history of Borger. I have family that live there, and never would have guessed that Borger would have such a wild history.
Nowadays, Borger is a pretty quiet Texas panhandle town with a lot of charm.