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TULSITA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Bee County, South Texas
Highway 181 and FM 798
2 Miles N of Pettus
7 Miles S of Kenedy
16 Miles N of Beeville
Population: 20 (2000)


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Tulsita TX
Photo courtesy Ken Rudine, September 2007
History in a Pecan Shell

Oklahoman oil speculator J. L. Courtney, bought the land in 1917 but it wasn’t surveyed until the late 1920s. Courtney had wanted to name the community Tulsa, but that name was already in use (another oil town in Winkler County - see Tulsa, Texas) so he took the Spanish diminutive form and submitted it on a post office application. Tulsita (Little Tulsa) was born.

Growth was hampered by The Great Depression and WWII. By the late 1950s only fifty people called Tulsita hone – a number that would be halved in the next ten years.

The 1990 census counted twenty-five residents which dropped to a mere twenty for the 2000 count.
Bee County Tulsita TX info
Bee County Tulsita TX  1939 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with 1939 Tulsita postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Bee County TX vintage map
Bee County map showing Tulsita
Modification of Texas General Land Office 1920s map
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Pettus
Kenedy
Beeville
San Antonio
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