Our Town Snyder: Buffalo symbolizes economic growth
SNYDER, Texas (KJTV) – Even though Snyder’s mascot is the “Tigers,” there has long been a giant buffalo statue outside the Scurry County Courthouse in the town square. This story goes back nearly a century and a half. In 1978, a trading post on Deep Creek was built. This area was named “Snyder” in honor of merchant and bison hunter Pete Snyder. The aforementioned statue pays homage to the town’s beginnings as a buffalo trading post.
Linda Molina, president of the Snyder Chamber of Commerce, knows the town’s history well.
“In 1876, on October 7, James Moore killed the white buffalo. The story is quite long, but I know that the granddaughter lived it too, as well as her son. And they still have the white buffalo to this day in one of their homes,” she said.
Snyder has come a long way since then, with significant growth in 1948 when oil was discovered north of the city. Today, Bill Robertson’s goal is to create jobs at Snyder. Robertson is Chairman of the Board of the Development Corporation of Snyder.
“We’re forced to focus on attracting and creating industrial manufacturing jobs in the community, primary jobs – so that’s the number one goal,” he said. “We used to be more centralized and more local and regional, but now through technology, and our use of it and leveraging it, we’re really putting Snyder on the map – from here to India and back. “
Merle Taylor, Snyder City Manager, says the central location is a huge plus for the community.
“You can go in any direction and find a large population with almost anything you want to do in terms of entertainment or medicine, education,” he said, and Robertson agrees.
“If you want everything you need, and some of the things you want, it’s here — and for a fraction of the price,” Robertson said.
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