The old west town that welcomes new pioneers.
Spur Texas is a classic west Texas town on the wide open prairie. Our population is around 1,000 and we are one of two towns in Dickens County, a 900 square mile wonderland of canyons, cotton fields and an abundance of wildlife. The population of Dickens county is about 2,500 . We’re ranchers, farmers and townsfolk who love our freedom and the endless blue sky.
In the last half century, urbanization and social changes in America caused many small towns to lose residents to large cities, where better opportunities were thought to exist. Farm mechanization and consolidation also contributed to reducing the number of families in agricultural communities across the country.
But here in Spur we feel a change in the wind and in west Texas, we’re pretty familiar with the wind. Big cities have raised the economic threshold necessary for the most basic living expenses to a point that is unbearable for many of their citizens. And community is becoming harder to maintain with increased economic polarization.
These developments have given rise to some exciting new strategies for coping and competing in America. The tiny house movement is one example of reducing costs and gaining freedom to operate according to your own plan, unfettered by onerous and unnecessary costs. And the internet has opened a world of opportunity to redefine where and how we work. For example, our town is wired with fiber-optics!
We propose that tiny houses in small towns yield even more freedom and offer a unique opportunity to regain a sense of community and self sufficiency.
So we’re proud of our city council resolution, passed in July, 2014, that declared Spur the nations’ first tiny house friendly town, where you can build or bring your dream house, no matter the size and set it on a foundation on a regular city lot and live the way you choose.
After two years, over 70 lots have been sold to folks planning to make Spur their new home.
As folks have begun moving here, various definitions of “tiny houses” have been bandied about and the city council has settled, for now, on a definition that most people consider somewhat standard in the tiny house movement.
Any tiny house that features wood or metal framing, flush toilets connected to city utilities and electrical work properly done, is welcome in Spur. All new houses must be set on a foundation that is re-enforced with some rebar and goes at least six inches below ground, (The Texas frostline). Details can be found in the city ordinance posted on the ‘city proclamation’ page of this website.
If you already own a tiny house on wheels that fits the above description and are looking for a permanent home, we’ll be watching the horizon, waiting to welcome you! We’ll get you help to remove the axles( the last set took all of fifteen minutes to remove), store them and set your house down on its new foundation.
A simple (and free) permitting process will establish that your house design meets structural safety requirements.
Purchasing Your Home Site
If you are interested in finding out about county lots for sale, contact the County Tax Collector’s office at 806-623-5216 and they will email/send you a list of available lots as well as a map of Spur. You can also contact City Hall right here in Spur at 806-271-3316 as they may have additional lots for sale. Any questions regarding the new Ordinance and any permitting/coding should go to John Schmidt and you can reach him at 682-239-0973.
With all the publicity we’ve been getting, the city lots are disappearing fast (we are hoping that people are not just buying, holding on to these lots, thinking they will turn around and make a profit, therefore, taking away home sites from those that want/need to come right away to start their new lives). There will be more lots made available as the County’s attorneys work to get clear titles on the many abandoned lots still left in Spur but things move slowly here in West Texas. To that end, we would like to see that you have your home’s foundation, at least started, within one year of purchase of your land.
Also, you have the ongoing cost of maintaining the property in that you must keep it clear, clean and always mowed. Once you own it, that is really your only responsibility but there are steep penalties if you don’t. And, of course, paying your taxes!
If after reading this whole website, especially the FAQ, About Spur and the All News pages, you have further questions, please email us at: INFO MAIL. Or fill out the Contact Us form. Someone will get back to you as soon as they can.
Please keep in mind that we are not realtors. We are only volunteers that are tiny housers that have moved here already, have been through it and want to help those coming in with the questions they have.
You can also take the free Spur Compatibility Quiz to see if your lifestyle fits with west Texas freedoms.
If your are super serious about learning more, take our informed new E-course. It will give you updates on the demographics of tiny housers (avg. cost of house, avg. age of tiny houser, types of homes moving it, where folks are coming from, etc). The course is fluid, with new information, interviews of tiny houser’s uploaded; as data/stories unfold. Click button below for a preview.