in a Pecan Shell
Once the only town alongside the Texas and Pacific Railroad in Fisher
County, Eskota's name may be Indian or may be Spanish. But everyone
agrees that no one knows what it means.
It was to be known as Trent after local rancher Riley Trent,
but the wrong sign was delivered and put to use. Riley Trent was remembered
on the next stop east (see Trent,
Texas). The post office opened in 1888 and as the only town with
a railroad in Fisher County, it prospered – briefly.
A two-story hotel served train crews and passengers. The population
was 50 in1947.
It remains on the railroad – presently the Missouri Pacific.
Dear TE, The last business in Eskota was the general store, owned
by my grandfather, C.B. Johnston. It was closed 1967 upon his death,
and the contents were auctioned that summer. The post office closed
in 1954. The only commerical buildings left standing are the old store
and the old bank building. The hotel burned down in 1919, and the
church was torn down in the 80's as it was unsound. The Eskota school
was torn down in the late 40's after the war, and the bricks used
to build the high school in Sweetwater.
There are 4 houses remaining from Eskota's heyday still standing and
Eskota Homecoming is held annually on the 1st Sunday in October at
the site of the old Methodist Church. - Elaine Starkey, President,
Eskota Homecoming Association, October 11, 2006
Eskota was worth the drive. It is mostly the old house that T.
Lindsay Baker showed in his book (More Ghost Towns of Texas).
It hasn't changed all that much. - Barclay
Gibson, February 20, 2007
TX 1907 Postal Map showing Eskota
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
is listed in T. Lindsay Baker's book More Ghost Towns of Texas.
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