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  Texas : Towns A-Z / Hill Country : Spofford

SPOFFORD, TEXAS

Kinney County, Texas Hill Country
Hwy 131 and FM 1572
10 miles S of Brackettville
42 miles SE of Del Rio
46 miles from Eagle Pass

Population: 75 (2000) up from 68 (1990)

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Spofford Tx St Blaise Catholic Church
St. Blaise Catholic Church
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History in a Pecan Shell

Spofford was named after C.K. Spofford who opened a hotel in town shortly after the railroad came through in 1882. The town grew around the hotel and they were granted a post office in 1884. By 1900 they had 100 residents and by 1896 they had their first school.

The Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio Railroad had chosen Spofford over Brackettville. At Spofford they laid a spur to Eagle Pass and the main line continued on to Langtry.

The population reached the high water mark of 373 people in the mid-1940s. After the school consolidations in the 40s - Spofford's students were bussed to Brackettville. In 1961 the population was only 138 and it went as low as 54 people in the mid 70s.
Spofford Cemetery, Texas
Spofford Cemetery
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Spofford Tx 1st Railroad Bridge Over Elm Creek
Railroad Bridge Over Elm Creek in Spofford
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Spofford Tx 2nd Railroad Bridge Over Elm Creek
Another Railroad Bridge Over Elm Creek
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Spofford Tx Railroad bridge over Lindsey Creek
Railroad bridge over Lindsey Creek
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Spofford Tx Strap Iron Jail
Strap-Iron Jail
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Spofford Tx Strap Iron Jail
Close up of the strap-iron jail
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Spofford Tx Strap Iron Jail
Close up of the strap-iron jail
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Spofford Texas Forum

... They claimed to have a real ghost near there. She was from England, and hanged herself at Ft. Clark. - Sincerely, Eileen Locke
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