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CAMP SPRINGS, TEXAS

Scurry County, West Texas / Panhandle
FM 1614
10 miles East of Snyder

Population: 10

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Highway 1105
Hwy 1105
Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp, 2001

History in a (small) Pecan Shell

Springs were the main attraction to the area, even before the settlers arrived. Indians would camp here and later, the U.S. Army would bivouac here when it explored the area or went looking for Indians.

Robert E. Lee found time to chase Comanches in the area between his stint in Mexico during the Mexican War and commanding the Southern forces during the Civil War.

 

Texas Longhorns
Longhorns, by Hwy 1105 on Camp Springs Road
Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp, 2001

The actual springs are 6/10 of a mile northwest of the historical marker on a private ranch. They form a pool about 40 ft across. There are many indications of prehistoric visitors.

In Gunnar Brune's excellent Springs of Texas, he adds a description of the springs from 1878 - including the story of the Berry family who would load up their wagon with wash tubs and dirty clothes and make the 10 mile trip to the springs. They'd boil their clothes, eat lunch and let the clothes dry on the branches of trees.

He goes on to relate how Comanches stole horses in the area and how the springs were used for Baptisms. A schoolhouse was built close to the springs and it became a meeting place for the settlers, slowly evolving into a town.

 

a farm in Camp Springs
Lee Farm in Camp Springs
" My Uncle Charles Lee lives there." Charlene Beauchamp
Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp, 2001
One W.H. Camp settled here, but it was some time before the community bore his name. The postmistress had a son with the rather unusual name of Afra. The Handbook of Texas Online states that: "Residents called their town Afra after the postmistresses son." Perhaps it was a case of call it Afra or get late mail.
 
Camp Springs cemetery
Camp Springs Cemetery
Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp, 2001
"They later called the town Camp Springs." (Maybe after Afra moved away). The post office closed in the early 50s and in 1990 the population was given as 10 persons.
 
Leaving Camp Springs
Leaving Camp Springs
Photo Courtesy Charlene Beatty Beauchamp, 2001
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Anyone wishing to share history, stories, memories, or photos of Camp Springs, Texas, please contact us.

John Troesser
More photos by Charlene Beatty Beauchamp
Sources: The Handbook of Texas Online
Springs of Texas Volume 1, 1981 by Gunner Brune
 

 
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