Ector County, Texas Genealogy & History

Prairie Home, Texas

Prairie Home was located 23 miles southwest of Odessa, Texas, and less than two miles north of the Crane County line in southwestern Ector County. The community began as a section house on the Texas & Pacific railroad when its tracks were extended into the county in 1881. H. C. Anderson requested a post office at Prairie Home in 1908, stating that it was to supply about 75 community residents. His petition mentioned the expected arrival of other settlers who would increase the number of post office patrons. On 15 January 1909 the post office opened and Anderson became the first postmaster. Prairie Home continued as a post office until 30 April 1913 when the office was moved to Judkins, Texas, about ten miles to the northeast and also on the railroad. Apparently, the expected new settlers never came and the community faded into oblivion. Sources: Odessa, Texas (n.p.: Texas Permian Historical Society, 1961), map on page 3 shows early communities of Ector County; State Department of Highways and Public Transportation, General Highway Map of Ector County, Texas, revised 01 Nov 1986; Wylene Kirk, “Early Post Offices and Towns in the Permian Basin Area,” in The Texas Permian Historical Annual 1:1 (Aug 1961), 11-21; Charles P. Zlatkovich, Texas Railroads: A Record of Construction and Abandonment (Austin: UT and TSHA, 1981), 91; 1912 Texas Almanac, 103; listed Prairie Home in Ector County, but gave no population; Charles Deaton, Texas Postal History Handbook (Houston: by author, 1980), 132.