• Town History
    Ponder, Texas used to be named Gerald. In 1886 the Santa Fe Railroad bought land from W. S. Herrdon for the railroad right-of-way and established the town of Gerald. In 1889 the name Gerald was changed to Ponder after W. A. Ponder, a Denton banker. Ponder was just a frontier town where the Chisolm Trail used to come through. It is rumored that Bonnie and Clyde once came to Ponder to rob the bank but the money had already been taken to a bank in a nearby town-- a total of five dollars. Although this may simply be folklore, it is true that Ponder was the setting for a portion of the movie Bonnie and Clyde starring Warren Beatty.  The bank, however, has been closed for many years now. In its place is the Ponder Boot Company. Today, there are only about 1450 people living within the Ponder city limits although there are hundreds more living in the greater community. Now Ponder is famous for Ranchman's, the steakhouse that can claim such customers as Cindy Crawford, Meatloaf, Dwight Yoakom, Farah Fawcett, and Robert Redford.
    For more information about Ponder's history check out the book on Ponder written by Nita Seals, Ponder: The Little Town With The Big Rodeo, at the Ponder City Library.
    Public Services
    City Hall
    405 Shaffner Street
    PO Box 297
    Ponder, TX 76259
    940-479-2100- Fax

    Betty Foster Public Library
    (Located within the city hall municipal building)
    405 Shaffner Street
    PO Box 297
    Ponder, TX 76259 
    940-479-2683- Phone
    940-479-2314- Fax
    Ponder Volunteer Fire Dept.
    102 E. Bailey St.
    P.O. Box 386
    Ponder, TX 76259
    940-479-2488 (Non-emergencies)
    940-479-9271 (Fax)
    Chief-Charlie Williams
    Area Churches
    First Baptist Church
    Hwy 2449 & Hwy 156
    PO Box 216
    Pastor-Kim Broadstreet

    Ponder Church of Christ
    504 Shaffner Street
    Ponder United Methodist Church
    104 Remington Park Lane
    Pastor-Rocky Ellison