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BULA, TEXAS

Bailey County, Texas Panhandle
FM 37 Near FM 54
SE of County Seat Muleshoe
17 miles W of Littlefield
55 miles NW of Lubbock
8 miles S of Circle Back
13 miles SE of Needmore
Population: 105 (est. 1980 through 2014)

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Bula, Texas schoolhouse
"The shell of the schoolhouse located near Bula, TX"
- Stephen Taylor, Dec. 2005

History in a Pecan Shell

W. B. and Tom Newsome were ranch owners who subdivided their property into farmsteads in 1924 and founded the town. The community applied for a post office under the name Newsome, but it had already been taken. The town had two Bulas living there at the time - and it's unclear which became the town's namesake. One was Bula Maude Oakes, a preacher's daughter and the other was Bula Thorn, wife of the first postmaster. In all probability it was the postmaster's wife.

Bula opened the school (pictured here) in 1925. It closed in 1975 and burned only recently.
Bula, Texas school entrance
Close up view of the Bula School entrance
Photo courtesy Stephen & Elizabeth Taylor, Dec. 2005
Bula, Texas schoolhouse

Photo courtesy Stephen & Elizabeth Taylor, Dec. 2005
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