At the junction of U.S. Highway 287 and State Highway 86.

Estelline, TexasJan 08, 20161 Comments

This ‘town’ was incorporated for the sole purpose of selling alcohol. This ‘town’ is located in Hall County, which is a dry county. Estelline, Texas is a total of 0.7 sq miles (all of it land) has 145 people living there and one full time traffic cop. The speed limit on U.S. Hwy 287 is 75 and drops to 50 mph in Estelline. The town is so small you can throw a baseball from one end to the other. Why do they need five city council members, a municipal judge, a city manager, two police commissioners, a mayor, a groundskeeper and a full time traffic cop? The cop relies on the out of town traffic flow from Dallas to Denver to fill city coffers. His/her primary duty is to wait for speeders. The visibility traveling south is limited because the highway rises up from the Red River. Motorists traveling North will come across the blind curve. If you have your cruise control set and happen to miss the speed limit sign you end up with a $250 to $300 ticket. I have seen at least 4 cars per hour getting pulled over. Estelline is only incorporated to profit from policing and asset forfeiture. Everyone in the Texas Panhandle knows Estelline is a speed trap. It’s always the out of town traveler that get’s shaken down. Welcome to Estelline.. “The Biggest Little Speed Trap in Texas”

I had the privilege of getting my first speeding ticket in Estelline 30 years ago - from what I've read they use the same trap to enforce speed limits/raise revenue. It stinks to get caught, but it is effective.
#1Feb 29, 2016Report Abuse

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