Animals Running At Large Information: With summer months upon us, the City of Shallowater would like to remind our residents of the laws related to our 4-legged friends. Currently, it is unlawful for animals to run at-large within the city limits (Sec. 2.1.004 Shallowater city ordinances). Lately, neighbors have been calling in reporting animals that are not staying in their own yard. City ordinance also states that animals must be confined to their residence—within a fenced area. This also includes your front yard unless they are on a leash or other type of tether. If you choose to tether your animal, please keep in mind the following state laws (Safe Outdoor Dogs Act) that went into effect last year to keep your pet safe: Dogs cannot be kept on a chain or any other restraint with weights attached. The length of the restraint must be at least 10 feet long, or 5 times the length of your dog (measured from tip of nose to tip of tail, whichever is longer. If tethered outside, you must provide shelter from the elements that allows them to stand, turn, or lie down in a normal position. You must also provide drinking water that is within reach of the tether. If you have animals that are not used to being tethered or confined to your yard, this may take some adjusting for them, but we want them to be safe. Should you come home and find that your furry friend is not there to greet you, please call City Hall at 806-696-4300 to see if they might have been picked up and taken to the city shelter. Animal control and code-enforcement officers will begin enforcing these laws beginning June 1st, so please take the necessary precautions to avoid any penalties.   Thank you,   Chief Brian Williams                                                           Judge TJ McAuley  Shallowater Police Chief                                                   Shallowater Municipal Judge   

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As early as 1909 J. C. (Jim) Bowles, whose ranch was adjacent to the site of what is now Shallowater, persuaded Bob Crump, a member of a ranching family, to help form a townsite company and attract a railroad to go through the area. Land was purchased for the townsite on May 18, 1909. A school was built at that time. After Santa Fe railroad officials received a bonus from rancher George W. Littlefield of the Yellow House Ranch, negotiations were finally completed. The originators of the plan, and other interested individuals, formed the Ripley Townsite Company, which was named after a Santa Fe railroad official and was incorporated on May 22, 1909. The company decided to name the new town Shallowater to attract settlers.

On June 26, 1913, a celebration was held to note the founding of the town and completion of the railroad. By the time the town was established, the ranching industry in the area was waning and many of the large ranches were being divided into smaller lots for farmers. Cotton became an important cash crop. During the 1920s, Shallowater grew rapidly, and the town had a hotel, a lumberyard, and various filling stations, grocery stores, cotton gins, drugstores, barbershops, garages, blacksmith shops, and other businesses. Several churches and schools were also built. A county park with a clubhouse was established, a public well was constructed, and a real depot building was built to replace the boxcar the town had been using for years.

From 1920 to 1922, the railroad station was known as Pacita. In 1928, the town had an estimated population of 250. In 1955, Shallowater was incorporated with a mayor-council form of city government, and during the 1960s, the town had five churches, a school, a bank, a library, and a newspaper. The community in 1970 had 30 businesses, including one of the largest hatcheries in the county. The population of Shallowater was 1,001 in 1960 and 1,339 in 1970. In the late 1980s, Shallowater had a post office, 17 businesses, and a population of 2,107. It was a farm marketing center with processing and storing facilities. In 2010, the population was 2,484.

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