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SANCO, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Coke County, Texas Panhandle / West Texas

E of Highway 208 on unnamed county road
16 miles NW of Robert Lee
30 miles SE of Colorado City
47 miles N of San Angelo
Population: 30 (1970-2000)

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History in a Pecan Shell

The town had been named for a Comanche chief named Sanaco. Settled in what had been Tom Green County in the1880s, the area got its first post office when rancher J. L. Durham opened up his house in 1888. His home also served as a school, store and church. A Methodist church was built nearby and in 1907 the fledgling community moved there. A school was built to serve the town's children as well as students from the smaller schools of Horse Mountain and Meadow Mountain.

Sanco prospered with cotton for awhile but the boll weevil and drought ended cotton production in the 1920s. The post office closed briefly during the 20s; reopened and then closed its doors for good in the 1970s. Sanco's last business went under about that same time.
TX -  Sleeping Woman Mountain
Sleeping Woman Mountain
Photo courtesy Art Burnett, June 2015

Sleeping Woman Mountain

"Howdy, Not to throw rocks...folks are missing a huge part of Sanco/Coke County. If you care to take a little more time than just breeze thru Sanco, start by stopping at Sanco sign on Hwy 208. Look S/SW across Colorado River at Sleeping Woman Mountain. Summer sunrise...Solstice passes across Sanco up the Valley to high light Sleeping Woman. No imagination needed as she is most of a mile long.

Driving north on Hwy 208 thru Panther Gap to semi ghost town of Silver, best done in the afternoon light, one comes to the King of Silver. His head is some two hundred feet tall easily viewed from Hwy 208 off North side of Hwy.

These are but two of what I believe [to be] an ancient religious site some fifty miles in diameter...." - Art Burnett, PantherGap.com, June 19, 2015
Map - Coke County Texas 1920
Coke County 1920s map showing Sanco and other ghost towns
Courtesy General Land Office

Sanco, Texas
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