TexasEscapes.comTexas Escapes Online Magazine: Travel and History
Columns: History, Humor, Topical and Opinion
Over 1800 Texas Towns & Ghost Towns
NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : TEXAS HOTELS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : ARCHITECTURE : : IMAGES : : SITE MAP : : SEARCH SITE
HOME
SEARCH SITE
ARCHIVES
RESERVATIONS
Texas Hotels
Hotels
Cars
Air
Cruises
 
 Texas : Towns / West Texas / Ghost Towns :

ARDEN, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Irion County, West Texas
On Rocky Creek
NE of Mertzon – no exact directions available

Population: 000001 (2000)

Area Hotels - Book Here & Save
San Angelo Hotels
Joseph Funk & Bros Ranch 1898 letterhead, Arden Texas
Joseph Funk & Bros Ranch 1898 letterhead, Arden, Texas
Image courtesy General Land Office
History in a Pecan Shell

The former town dates from 1885 when John and Katie Arden “settled a claim” here. A post office opened five years later and a school two years after that.
Cattle - Joseph Funk & Bros Ranch letterhead , Arden Texas
Cattle - Joseph Funk & Bros Ranch letterhead detail
Image courtesy General Land Office
By 1915 Arden had a population of 14 and consisted of the school, post office, church and the homes of residents. Growth was extremely show and had only risen to 30 by 1947 when the school merged with Mertzon. By the mid 1960s the town supported no businesses although it did keep a polling place for county elections. The population was drawn to larger towns and Arden faded to where only a single resident was listed for the 2000 census.

More Texas Towns | West Texas | Ghost Towns | Texas | Texas Ranching
Area Hotels, Book Here & Save > San Angelo Hotels | More Hotels
 
HOME | TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE | TEXAS HOTELS
TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES

Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South | West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | MAPS

TEXAS FEATURES
Ghosts | People | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII | History | Black History | Rooms with a Past | Music | Animals | Books
COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters | Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators | Lodges | Museums | Stores | Banks | Gargoyles | Cornerstones | Pitted Dates | Drive-by Architecture | Old Neon | Murals | Signs | Ghost Signs | Then and Now
Vintage Photos

TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | HOTELS | USA | MEXICO

Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Recommend Us | Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
Website Content Copyright ©1998-2008. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved
This page last modified: February 21, 2009