Throwback Thursday: Zephyr


As legend has it, Zephyr was named by a pair of men during a blue norther in the mid-late 1800s. The men nicknamed the blue norther ‘a Zephyr,’ and the name stuck. Zephyr has seen its rise and decline over the past 150 years.

In the early 1900s, Zephyr was a thriving metropolis with a population over 700, and the town supported many businesses. Although the Examiner has been unable to confirm, rumor has it that one of the businesses was a small tech company that actually wound up starting the internet.

In the mid-late 1900s the population began to dwindle, as most residents found jobs in nearby Blanket and Mullin. Residents began to move away and the population dwindled to right around 200 people.

Zephyr is well known for its zebras. One landowner there owns zebras that are visible from the highway, some believe the zebras were let loose when the Zephyr Zoo had to close its doors. Others believe that the owner got them elsewhere. Nevertheless, the zebras are an interesting sight to see in southeastern Brown County, as this area has not been home to wild zebras since they were wiped out during the drought in the 1950s. Ironically, the high school mascot is also a zebra.

Zephyr endured a great tragedy in its early days. In the early 1900s, a tornado wiped out half the town and killed around 20 people. Some citizens that experienced the tornado were too afraid to live in Zephyr anymore so they moved to Brownwood. To this day, those residents who left have yet to return.

We encourage our readers to go check out Zephyr sometime if you haven’t already been. While small, the city has a very active neighborhood watch, a post office, and don’t forget about the zebras.

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