Clyde Economic Development Corporation

Clyde 1876



The first settlers came to Clyde around 1876 and a Mr. Shephard built a log cabin around this time. Many others soon followed. Among the first settlers were people such as R. J. Estes who came all the way from Fort Worth. When he first came, he didn't plan on staying. He and Mrs. Estes had stopped only to rest, but soon decided to stay. In their quick decision to stay, they simply left their belongings under a tree while they traveled to get the rest of their belongings for their new home. All their belongings were still as they had left them when they returned a few months later.

As the railroad made its way through the area a supply tent was erected and run by Robert Clyde. The workers would say, "Let's go up to Clyde's," not talking about the town, only the supply tent.  When the railroad added a boxcar to the location they referred to it as "Clyde".  The railroad was prominent in Clyde and along with the railroad came more settlers, homes, and work. Soon a school was needed.   The first post office soon followed and the first postmaster, Jesse L. Miller, was appointed June 27, 1881.  The city officially incorporated on July 9, 1907. 

 More than one hundred years later, people still come to Clyde for its beautiful scenery and small town charm. Each fall Clyde pays homage to its founders by hosting the Pecan Festival which includes a parade, eclectic shopping, homegrown bands, and a Bake-Off where Pecan Pie reigns supreme. Hosted by the the City of Clyde,  the Festival is a celebration that sees visitors from all over the State of Texas. Clyde has a full calendar of events for the fall including a 5K, annual Festivals, a City-Wide Yard Sale, and numerous craft markets during the year. With the beautiful weather there is plenty of time for fishing, grilling, swimming, and family fun out at Clyde Lake. While you’re in Clyde, be sure to stop by Shady Oaks Golf Course and play a relaxing yet challenging 18 holes. Shady Oaks is situated on some of the most beautiful land you’ll find in Texas and is groomed to perfection with plants that are native to the area. Clyde also houses some unique shopping experiences including several gift shops, a quilt shop, and several fine restaurants!  Whether you are looking for a nice quiet spot to vacation or planning to relocate, Clyde has everything you need. Come be a part of our community!