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WHITTENBURG, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town*
Hutchinson County, Texas Panhandle
Now part of Phillips, Texas

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Drilling for oil, main street, Whittenburg, Texas old photo

"Drilling for oil in the main street of Whittenburg, Texas"

Photo Courtesy Ken Sharpe Collection
 
Founded as Whittenburg, merged with Pantex in 1938 and now part of present-day Phillips, Texas


History in a Pecan Shell

Just a mile from Borger (northeast), Whittenburg was founded by area rancher James A. Whittenburg when oil was discovered in the area in 1926.

The Phillips Petroleum Company had a refinery under construction and the "town" had originally been intended to house Phillips employees. But the oil seemed it would flow forever and permanent structures soon replaced the tin roofed shanties.

Whittenburg was granted the post office shown below in 1926 - while Isom and Borger argued about who would get naming rights for the oil field. Isom lost and merged with Borger in 1926 - about the time Whittenburg's population was 200. Whittenburg maintained its separate identity until 1936 when it merged with Pantex, Texas, both becoming Phillips.
Oil Derrick, Whittenburg, Texas post office

Oil Derrick next to the Whittenburg Post Office

Photo Courtesy Ken Sharpe Collection
 
Sand storm in Borger, Texas, 1935

Borger, Texas, April 1935 sandstorm

Postcard courtesy Bob Walker
 
Whittenburg, Texas postmark



Back of above postcard, postmarked in Whittenburg

Courtesy Bob Walker
 
*Not a traditional "ghost town" but one that once had its own separate identity which has been lost - for whatever reason.
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