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Population 1000

Set on the grasslands near the Kansas border, Holly was first established as a ranching center. Hiram Holly, for whom the town is named, arrived in 1871 with 1,300 cattle, and his ranch was the first settlement in the area. After he sold the ranch to a private company, it grew in size to nearly 2.5 million acres.

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2007 Holly Tornado

On March 28, 2007, an EF3 tornado struck the city. Many of the houses in Holly, and some outside of town, were completely demolished. 29-year-old Holly resident Rosemary Rosales was killed as a result of injuries she sustained during the tornado. 76 year-old Delores Burns later died from her injuries one month after. Homes in Holly sustained considerable damage. Approximately 160 homes suffered at least some damage with 50 homes ruled unfit to live in. State Farm Insurance estimated their company alone would have to pay out more than $2,000,000 in claims.

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