"Old Mobeetie" began in the spring of 1874, when buffalo
hunters moved down from Kansas
and a camp was formed near Sweetwater Creek called Hidetown.
In 1875, the United States government established Fort Elliott
to keep the Indians on reservations in Indian Territory
and establish law and order in the region.
Nearby Hidetown quickly began to develop with the settlement of the Fort and gained the name Sweetwater City. It also became a rough and tumble Old West
town with famous people frequenting the site, including Billy Dixon
, Bat Masterson
, Pat Garrett
and Poker Alice
Later, the town's name was changed Mobeetie. In 1929, the railroad bypassed Mobeetie, and most of the residents moved to north to a site that was referred to as "New Mobeetie".
Today, it too, is a near ghost town
with a population of just about 100.