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ROSCOE, TEXAS

Nolan County, Texas Panhandle

3226'45"N 10032'19"W (32.4459520 -100.5387184)

Highways 20 / 80, 84 and FM 608
8 Miles W of Sweetwater
50 Miles W of Abilene
60 Miles E of Big Spring
30 Miles SE of Snyder
50 Miles SE of Fluvanna
50 Miles NW of Bronte
62 Miles N of Robert Lee
ZIP code 79545
Area code 325
Population: 1,285 Est. (2019)
1,322 (2010) 1,378 (2000) 1,446 (1990)

Roscoe, Texas Area Hotels › Sweetwater Hotels

Cotton Scenes, Roscoe TX Pstmrk 1908
Main Street Cotton Scene in Roscoe. Postmark 1908
1908 Postcard courtesy Will Beauchamp collection

History in a Pecan Shell

Roscoe was another of the towns built as the Texas & Pacific Railroad built westward toward Sierra 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 to Roscoe.

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 present 1,322.

Roscoe Texas Cotton Gin
Cotton Gin at Roscoe circa 1910
Postcard courtesy Will Beauchamp collection
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Roscoe, Texas
Attractions & Landmarks


Roscoe Texas - Roscoe Historical Museum
Roscoe Historical Museum
Photos courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007

Roscoe TX - Cornerstone
Photo courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007

Roscoe TX - Cornerstone
No building but the stone survives. Sits in front of Roscoe's museum
Photo courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007
More Texas Cornerstones | Pitted Dates

Roscoe, TX Dry Goods store
Dry Goods
Photos courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007

Roscoe, TX old building
Photo courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007

Roscoe, TX Volunteer Fire Dept.
Roscoe Volunteer Fire Dept.
Photo courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007

Roscoe, Texas Forum

Subject: Roscoe Texas
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



Nolan County Towns

County Seat - Sweetwater
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Blackwell
Champion ghost town
Decker ghost town
Dora ghost town
Hylton ghost town
Maryneal
Nolan
Olga ghost town
Roscoe
Sweetwater
Tesco ghost town
Wastella ghost town

Contiguous Counties:
Fisher County (N) Taylor County (E) Runnels County (SE) Coke County (S) Mitchell County (W)


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