Booker is a town in Lipscomb and Ochiltree Counties in the U.S. state ofTexas and named for B.F. Booker, a civil engineer for the Panhandle and Santa Fe Railway. The population was 1,315 at the 2000 census.
Location of Booker, Texas
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.Ironically, the railroad was removed 2006-2007.
The town has a sense of humor. It has billboards on the western and eastern edges of town along State Highway 15 that read "Booker: Next 9 Exits" - which is a reference to all the streets that run north-south (N-S) that meet the highway as it passes through town.
The streets of the town are arranged in a regular manner alphabetically and categorically in the "south of the railroad tracks" side of town. The N-S streets west of Main Street are flower and tree references and the ones on the east side are names of Texas cities and historical figures with the exception of one street.
The Town of Booker is served by the Booker Independent School District.