Why Did You Leave My Town Off? – The story behind the Texas Towns design

Where’s my town? Why did you put Azle on there and not Euless? These are the types of emails I get weekly from proud Texans. So I figured it might help if I sat down and wrote out some of the thoughts that went into creating this design back in 2011. This design was never intended to be a shirt design. I created it before we even started Tumbleweed TexStyles. Hopefully this gives you some insight. Here is my original blog post on the design.  Back in July of 2011, I sat down at my desk with an idea to fill in the silhouette of Texas with as many towns as I could inside the shape. It was late, well after midnight, and I cracked an old atlas out and started drawing. I started  with the outline of Texas in light pencil.  Once I had that complete, I began the filling in process. I started in the Panhandle with Texline, that sleepy little town we drive through as we exit Texas on our yearly trip to Colorado. I continued adding towns to fill up the rectangular Panhandle shape, making sure that I planned out the lettering to fill the spaces evenly. I added Booker for our family friends the Pinkard’s. Spearman, for my old coaching buddy Clint. Dumas for my buddies Ben and Dan. My dad coached at Pampa in the 80’s and we used to drive to Dumas to play them in football. I always liked the way that orange and black went together. Pampa was my home from 1980-82. Groom was added for Coach Belcher. Turkey for “The King” Bob Wills. Happy for my friend Jill. Friona, for a pair of guys that lived down the hall from me in the dorm at Texas Tech. Plainview and Plains for my boy Dustin. DC / Denver City for friend Coach Salazar. Hereford made the cut. It was another memorable town we used to play when we were at Pampa. My brother lives there now.  Floydada for the great country singer, Don Williams.  Brownfield for basketball great, Sheryl Swoopes. Seminole for multiple friends. Wink for Roy Orbison. Post for Dr. Waldrip. Snyder for Sonny Cumbie. It was also a great stopping point for gas before the last hour and a half on the way back to Tech from road trips. I knew some girls from Spur, Matador, and Big Spring at Tech. They were pretty cool. Sweetwater for Coach Ritchey and his family and of course rattlesnakes. I added the 6666 Ranch because I was always intrigued by the dark red buildings branded in the white 6666 on them we would see as we drove through Guthrie. My buddy Jeff K. is from Crowell. He was in my wedding. Clyde is on there because my good friend Dustin coaches there. Seymour is the halfway point between Frisco and Lubbock. They have a DQ and Allsups that I’ve been to numerous times. Then I began to move across the north Texas area. This where it got tricky. So many great places and so little space! I added Dallas and Fort Worth and worked around it. Sorry mid-cities. Azle made it since I lived there in 1983. Frisco and McKinney made the cut since that is where I live now and McKinney is the county seat. Canton for Trade Days.  Quitman for Coach Melton. Texarkana stacked to fit. I lived in Texarkana back in 1979.  Then I moved down the eastern part of Texas. Lufkin was must. I lived there from 1984-1986. I also added all the teams we played in that incredibly difficult district. Marshall, Tyler, and Nacogdoches. Longview was added later in one of our updates. Jasper for Coach Gonzales and the epic track teams they used to have. Spots like Carl’s Corner and the Style Station aren’t towns but cool little spots along I-35 on the way to Waco. West for the Czech Stop, duh!  East Texas is rounded off with some of the more common towns. I added Round Top for co-owner Brian’s in-laws and the Junk Gypsies. The triangle is for Trinity, if you were wondering. Central Texas and the Hill Country got tricky as well. This is where I spent my teenage years growing up. New Braunfels is the hub. I lived at Canyon Lake for 4 years. I love roadtrippin’ to Luckenbach and Fredericksburg. Boerne is listed because they were the high school rival of my school Smithson Valley. Brady is the heart of Texas. Port A. Basically the closest beach we had down there and a popular spring break destination for my high school.   Kerrville, Junction, Menard, Paint Rock, Winters, and Ballinger  were all well traveled stopping points on my trips to Lubbock from New Braunfels.   Heading west I focused on the spots I love in the Big Bend region. Marathon and memories made at the Gage Motel.  Marfa, because I LOVE Marfa! Balmorhea for the spring pool. Loving County for Charlie Robison’s song.  One of my favorite tunes by the way. Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in Texas and El Paso to close it out! The original design contained 187 towns/cities/landmarks. We have added about 6 to the design.  Longview, and San Angelo were the big ones I left off the original. Not because I  intentionally wanted to, they were just overlooked or replaced for more personal choices at the time. Like I said earlier, this design was never intended to be placed on a t-shirt. It was just a fun little drawing I did late one night back in 2011. Once we created Tumbleweed TexStyles about a month later, this design resurfaced as an option for a new shirt design. Old blog entry here.   I was a little hesitant at first because I wasn’t sure how it would look on a tee. We decided to create some later that fall. It was basically the best decision we made. We have easily sold over 50,000 Texas towns tees over the last 5 ½ years and it is still one of our most popular designs. It is incredible to think that it is probably one of the most popular Texas themed t-shirts in Texas history.  

 

 

 

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One thought on “Why Did You Leave My Town Off? – The story behind the Texas Towns design

  1. I love the design. And especially love that my little town, Chillicothe, is on the shirt. One of the main reasons I bought it. Keep up the good work guys!

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