Photo courtesy Carolyn Loffler
History in a Pecan ShellThis
once-prosperous town was named for settler W. H. Bomar. Things got off to a promising
start with the arrival of the Wichita Valley Railroad in 1906. Bomarton was now
connected to both Seymour and Abilene.
A post office in the store of Tom McClure was established the same year. By 1910
Bomarton had had a school for three years and two churches that were constructed
about the same time.
Two cotton gins were soon added to the town's list
of businesses and Bomarton had an innovative public grazing area dairy cattle.
From a population of 580 in 1920, Bomarton reached its high-water mark
in 1930 with 600 Bomartonites. The town sailed through the Great Depression with
a decline of only 2 people. But the town wasn't so lucky after WWII
when it dropped dramatically. By 1960 it was already down to 150 and twenty years
later there were only 27 people calling the place home. The 1990 figure was given
as 23 and was used again on the 2004 map.
John's Catholic Church in Bomarton |
Photo courtesy Barclay
Dear TE, I was reading what you have about Bomarton, Texas.
I lived there from about the age of three until I was 10 yrs. old. I started school
there and have fond memories [of that town]. My parents & grandparents lived there
many years. I am sending this photo (see top photo) of Bomarton. I don't know
the year it was taken since it was handed down to me from my uncle's estate. I
remember [during] my time there, we had three grocery stores, two gas stations,
three churches, the school and the post office. - Carolyn Loffler, September
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