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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 (1990)

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Map - Coke County Texas 1920
1920s Coke County Map showing Sanco and other ghost towns
Courtesy General Land Office
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.
Early TX Cotton picking machine
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Sanco, Texas
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