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Roscoe was another of the towns built as the Texas & Pacific Railroad built westward
Blanca. The name Vista was first used in 1881 but the following year
when a post office was applied for, the name Roscoe was submitted - and accepted.
The namesake is not known.
Roscoe got a shot in the arm in 1894 when a
nearby railroad shipping pen was flooded and the operation moved the half-mile
In 1880 the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railroad was formed
and work began on the 50-mile route. When completed, the railroad connected the
larger lines of the Santa Fe and the Texas & Pacific railroads. The Roscoe, Snyder
and Pacific operated with a profit almost from its inception through the 1970s
but in the mid-1980s the track was taken up. From a population of 1,166 in 1940,
Roscoe increased to a high of 1,628 in 1980 before decreasing slightly to the
I was born in Roscoe in 1947, raised in Sweetwater, Texas.
I have been searching for years to find pictures or a record of a hospital in
Roscoe in the 1940-1957 time frame. Did a hospital ever exist in Roscoe. Would
really appreciate any information you might be able to provide. - Lee Weatherford,
July 27, 2012
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