About Haskell

Haskell is a slice of small-town living at its best. Here you’ll find homes nestled next to cotton fields, family owned retail shops where the owner knows you by name, as well as a community spirit rooted in family values, good-will and the future.

Haskell is located 55 miles north of Abilene and 98 miles South of Wichita Falls at the intersection of state highways 277 & 380.

Founded in 1885 and named in honor of Charles Ready Haskell, Haskell is the county-seat and home to more than 3,300 residents . Haskell serves as a center of commerce for several surrounding communities as well as delightful a stop for Texas travelers.

Haskell History

Haskell County Courthouse
Haskell County Courthouse – 1907

Haskell was established before the US Civil War by the state legislature to honor Texas Revolutionary War hero Charles Ready Haskell.

Originally known as Willow Pond Springs, Captain Randolph Marcy’s expedition passed this way in 1849 and a member of the expedition wrote his brother about the place’s potential. In 1879 the brother – Thomas Tucker – occupied the area renamed the place Rice Springs.

The post office was established in 1885 and the community was renamed after a soldier who died at Goliad – Charles Ready Haskell. The county was organized that same year and Thomas Tucker became the first judge.

The Haskell Free Press became the first newspaper in 1886.

In 1906 the Texas Central Railroad connected Stamford to Haskell.

Haskell incorporated in 1907.

Just before World War II the Lawson oilfield was discovered six miles east of Haskell.

Lake Stamford was built in the 1950’s to provide water for municipal, industrial and recreational use.

Where is Haskell?

haskell-mapIntersection of Highways 277 and 380
33 miles N of Anson
56 miles N of Abilene
31 miles E of Aspermont
33 miles W of Throckmorton

Major Highways
US Highway 277
US Highway 380
State Highway 6
State Highway 222

Adjacent Counties
Knox County (north)
Throckmorton County (east)
Shackelford County (southeast)
Jones County (south)
Stonewall County (west)

Surrounding Cities and Towns

Paint Creek