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    ROSCOE, TEXAS

    Nolan County, Texas Panhandle
    Highways 20 / 80, 84 and FM 608
    8 Miles W of Sweetwater
    50 Miles W of Abilene
    60 Miles E of Big Spring
    Population: 1,378 (2000)

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    Roscoe Texas Cotton Gin
    Cotton Gin at Roscoe circa 1910
    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 1,378.
    Cotton Scenes, Roscoe TX Pstmrk 1908
    Main Street Cotton Scene in Roscoe. Postmark 1908
    1908 Postcard courtesy Will Beauchamp collection
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    Roscoe, Texas Today

    Photo courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007
    Photo courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007
    No building but the stone survives. Sits in front of Roscoe's museum
    Photo courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007
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    Photos courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007
    Photo courtesy of Mike Price, December, 2007
    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

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