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WASTELLA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Nolan County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas

32 30' 37" N, 100 38' 58" W (32.510278, -100.649444)
Intersection of Highway 84, and FM 1982
Sweetwater the county seat
8 miles NW of Roscoe
25 miles SE of Snyder
3.5 miles SE of Inadale
11 miles SE of Hermleigh
Population: 4 (2000) 13 (1990)

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Wastella TX - Wastella School c. 1906l
Wastella School c. 1906
Students aged 7 to 13

Courtesy Dan Cornett

History on a Pecan Shell

With the arrival of the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway in 1908, landowner Will Neeley donated the land for a new town. The rather unusual name was meant to honor Neely's eldest daughter. Wastella did develop as a town - and even had a hotel and a few stores, but being just one train stop from Roscoe stifled real growth. According to the detailed TxDoT Nolan County map, Wastella cannot even claim a cemetery.

A post office was granted in 1907 but closed during the Great Depression. The population was reportedly 13 in 1990 - the last figure available.

Wastella, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Wastella
    My Grandmother "CeeCee" was the daughter Wastella after which the town was named; there is a rather detailed family history at this Geni.com genealogical site's project: https://www.geni.com/projects/Neely-Family-1891-Wastella-Kansas-Neely/18273 (which is part of a larger set of "projects" which embody a family-published book on her Neely family). - Dan Cornett, grandson of Wastella, December 12, 2019


  • Subject: Hauling water in Wastella
    Wastella's inclusion was suggested by Joe Potter who adds this additional information:
    "The town was incorporated in 1907 and then was allowed to remove the incorporation in the 1960s. One item left out of the [Handbook of Texas] article is that the town intended to drill wells for water. When a well was drilled it was found that the water had gypsum content. Houses in that part of Nolan county either have to haul water or collect it in cisterns for cooking and drinking."


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  • Wastella TX - Nolan Co post office info
    Wastella TX - Nolan Co 1910 canceled postmark
    Cover canceled with Wastella, TX 1910 postmark
    Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
    Nolan County Texas 1940s Map
    1940s Nolan County map showing Wastella
    near Fisher, Scurry & Mitchell County lines
    From Texas state map #4335

    Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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    Wastella, Texas Nearby Towns:
    Sweetwater the county seat
    Roscoe
    Snyder
    Inadale
    Hermleigh

    Nolan County | Fisher County | Scurry County | Mitchell County

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