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.
Photo courtesy Art Burnett, June 2015
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
County 1920s map showing Sanco and other ghost towns
Courtesy General Land Office
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