If you’ve been searching for a place to set down your Tiny House on Wheels (THoW) or build a miniature home, look no further! In July of 2014, Spur uniquely proclaimed itself as the Nation’s first “tiny” house friendly town, and the vision for what that implies is steadily becoming a reality. We invited the tiny house community to settle their minimalist homes in Spur because our little town is brimming with potential and opportunity. The tiny house movement is full of creative innovation and has attracted do’ers from all walks of life who value self-sufficient sustainability and practical progress. People who value lifestyle and community over the bustling anonymous over-worked and under-employed city life will find Spur very welcoming.
Spur is a classic West Texas town which has undergone a dramatic population drain to the big cities over the last few decades. Once a town of several thousand, Spur has all the infrastructure you would expect of a city, with paved roads, city electric/water/sewage, and even fiber optic internet. But with only about 1,000 people, the city has hundreds of vacant lots and abandoned buildings and several vacant commercial buildings. It’s the perfect place for the next generation of pioneers with an open mindset to come and create something amazing while realizing their own aspirations. We’re in a transitional stage right now and would love to come out of it ahead by ignoring the status quo and becoming a model for 21st century towns.
The view down Burlington Avenue (Main St) looking South
What it’s like in Spur
You will get a lot of friendly waves and smiles here and if you take a walk down Main St during the morning ‘rush hour’ your hand may tire out. There are a few small restaurants, two gas stations (one that’s open 24/7), a library and a modern school that offers Pre-K-12. We also have a 9-hole golf course and soon our city swimming pool will be reopened.
Things move a little slower here on the day-to-day as we don’t see value in rushing. You’ll find when you meet the locals that we lack any pretenses and two new strangers sitting on a bench may spend hours exchanging their whole life stories the first time they meet. People value your character more than your job. Enthusiasm and positivity spreads like wild fires.
Still figuring out life or looking to start a family?
If you’re starting a family and looking for a quality education and safe environment, Spur ISD offers pre-K-12 with a current student:teacher ratio less than 9:1. Violence in Spur is also non-existent. Consider the benefits of raising a family in such a supportive community environment.
And, of course, this is a perfect place for retirees!
We welcome you to explore the simple life and consider establishing a new home. Dig into the site to learn more about Spur and reach out if you’re serious about visiting and establishing yourself in a way that is sustainable.
If you’d like to come through town to see what it’s all about, PLEASE CONTACT US by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. We want to make sure there’s someone available to show you around and help get a feel for the town and the community. Once you’ve made contact and know when you’re coming, we have two hotels in town to choose from as well as a couple RV parks:
- The Mesquite Inn – 806-422-0942 – right on US Rte 70 (Hill Street in Spur) on the edge of town. It is an old motel with renovated rooms. A clean, typical motel room. You can request a fridge, coffee pot and a microwave. They do not take credit cards.The Back Door Inn – 806-271-4780 – right in town on the main street Burlington Ave. Walking distance to everywhere. City Hall right across the street, restaurants, shops, etc. It is a funky old building and the rooms are clean and all interior without windows. The bathrooms are also shared with other guests. It is sort of a bed&breakast as Joan provides coffee, tea, breakfast pastries and fruit. There’s a big kitchen and you can bring in your own food to cook and leave in the refrigerator. They do take credit cards but charge an extra fee.
- Spur RV Park – Don Rude – 806-787-6095 420 Willard Ave (Between Harris & Third Sts), Water + Electricity (No Wi-Fi) – $20/night-weekly rates
- Central RV Park – 806-294-5273 spurrvparker.com 2001 State Hwy 70 – 5 miles OOT (out of town), Laundromat, Free Wi-Fi, Full Hook-Ups
- White River (Lake & Marina) – 806-263-4244 whiterivermarina.com 261 Marina Road – 12 mi. OOT, Water + Electric $ 25/night
Check out their websites and/or call for more information. They are similarly priced but either way, you should bring cash to pay for the rooms. Also please note that they are small hotels and you will need to call them shortly before you arrive to make sure someone will be around to show you your room.
There are businesses in Spur which cover the basic necessities, but there is a lot of room (and plenty of demand) for an entrepreneurial spirit to come into town and open up something spectacular. This is a small town with many people who were born and raised here, but that doesn’t mean we live in a bubble. Many of our existing residents have traveled to and lived in cities at some point in their lives and very much miss the amenities provided there, from coffee shops and specialty foods to childcare, laundry, and tailoring services. To be clear, there are not many jobs available in Spur, in that very few if any existing businesses are hiring, but if you can set up your own operation, Spur may just be the right place to do it. That said, Lubbock is a city with a metro population of over 305,000 (2014) with an unemployment rate of 3.4% (Sep ’15) and only a 1 hour’s drive away. If you’ve ever dealt with commuting for an hour in city traffic, then cruising along the county roads at 75mph to Lubbock through beautiful canyons and cotton fields should be an improvement. Many people in town commute daily for work in Lubbock.
Also take note that it’s not just consumer-facing businesses or web-based entrepreneurs and freelancers that could thrive in Spur. With the lower costs of living and all the space you could need, it’s possible for any mechanical wizard, carpentry master, or artisan craftsmen of any variety to set up shop in Spur and sell goods/services in Lubbock. All you need to succeed in a small town is some innovative thinking and an energetic passion to see your ideas through. The American Dream is alive in Spur.
Below is a list of all the existing businesses in town that City Hall has on file:
Recreation & Entertainment:
Dickens County Library
Spur/Dickens County Museum
The Texas Spur – Newspaper
Swenson Park’s: 9-hole Golf Course, Swimming Pool and Ball parks Tennis Courts at the High School
The Backdoor Inn
The Mesquite Inn
Duck Creek – Trailer Park
Grocery & General:
The Rowel Variety Store
DC Auto – Auto Parts/Mechanic
Hawg and Dawg Treasures – Antique/Collectibles Store
Hawg and Dawg Computers – Computer Service/Support
Lazy Dazies – Florist
Curl Up & Dye – Hair Salon
Hair by Anita – Hair Salon
His & Hers – Hair Salon
The Lucky Spur – Womens Clothing and Jewelry
BJ’s Chuck Wagon – Mexican/American food truck
Dixie Dog – Hot dogs and burgers
Idle Times – Pizza
Ole Town Cafe
Farm & Garden:
Duck Creek Processing – Animal Processing
Star Feed Store – Supply
Farmers COOP Gin – Supply
Mikes Mowers – Mower Repair/Sales
Wyatt Tractor Service – Tractor/Auto Repair
Spur Vet Clinic
Gruesendorf Welding – Welding/Tires/Misc
Banking & Insurance:
Spur Security Bank
Capital Farm Credit
Post/Spur Insurance Agency
South Plains Electric – Electric
WTG – Natural Gas
Caprock Telephone – Phone/TV/Fiber Internet
Hwy 70 Church of Christ
Community Bible Chapel
First Assembly of God Church
First Baptist Church
First United Methodist
St Marys Catholic Church
Allsups – Gas/Convenience
US Post Office
Spur Health Clinic
Tom Brian Law Office
Zapata Funeral Home
R&R Monument – Cemetery Stones