Childress (established 1887; incorporated 1890) is a city in Childress County, Texas, United States. The population was 6,105 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Childress County.
The city and county were named in honor of George Campbell Childress, a native of Nashville, Tennessee, who was the principal author of the Texas Declaration of Independence. The county and city were incorporated more than four decades after Childress's death.
Veterans Memorial at the Childress County Courthouse (built 1939)
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Fair Park, with a lake and fountain, offers picnicking facilities, walking trails, playground equipment, and a swimming pool. The park contains an historical marker for the Goodnight Trail, a westward extension of the Goodnight-Loving Trail, over which cattle were driven to market late in the 19th century. Fair Park Auditorium is located at the entrance to the city park. Nearby is the stadium for the Childress High School football team.
Across from the First Baptist Church at C and Third streets, the Childress County Heritage Museum is housed in a formerpost office building constructed in 1935. The museum includes displays of the cattle, cotton, and railroad industries, areaIndian artifacts, and period rooms. The museum maintains a display of the Childress Army Airfield, which operated duringWorld War II prior to the establishment of the United States Air Force.
Like many other Texas communities, Childress holds an annual Old Settlers' Reunion. Initiated soon after the establishment of Childress, the reunion, held in July and features a nightly rodeo. In August, Childress hosts the annual Greenbelt Bowlfootball classic, a contest between selected high school all-stars from the tri-state area of Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico.
Childress is served by the Childress Independent School District which operates an elementary school (grades PreK to 5), Childress Elementary School, middle school (grades 6 to 8), Childress Junior High School, and a high school (grades 9 to 12), Childress High School. The high school athletic teams are known as the Bobcats. The primary school color is blue, with secondary colors of white and red. The football team plays in a stadium in Fair Park. Basketball teams play in a gym on high school campus and the baseball team plays on their field located between the campus and Fair Park.
Clarendon College, a two-year community college, maintains a campus in Childress.