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SILVER, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Coke County, Panhandle / North Central Texas
Hwy 208 and FM 2059
About 17 Miles NW of Robert Lee
About 27 Miles SE of Colorado City
Population: Est. 30 (2000)

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Map - Coke County Texas 1920
1920s Coke County Map showing Silver and other ghost towns
Courtesy General Land Office

History in a Pecan Shell

Began in the 1870s as a ranching community, it wasn’t until 1890 that the town was granted a post office. A school opened that same year.

For thirty years (1910 to 1940) there were only ten people counted for the census. Just after WWII oil was discovered in the region and the population exploded to an estimated 1,000 people, making it one of the county’s population centers.

Silver’s tiny school was replaced by a grand building which was later turned into a hog farm when the oil reserves fell in the mid 1960s.

In 1980 the population was down to a mere 60 residents, and has since declined to 30.
Silver Texas  Historical Marker In Robert Lee
Silver Historical Marker
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2009
Photographer's Note:
This Silver Historical Marker has been on the porch of the former Coke County Jail in Robert Lee for years. Why wouldn't it be at the town site? Who knows? - Barclay Gibson
Silver Historical Marker Text

SILVER

A pioneer ranching center, settled about 1880. Early land owners included S.M. Conner, W.G. Jameson and W.R. Walker. Dr. J. E. Reed for 50 years was only physician here. R.B. Allen was outstanding civic leader.

Post office, named for peak nearby, was opened 1890 with Thomas J. Wiley Postmaster.

School (2 Ml. SW) was moved here and renamed Silver Peak.

Oil discovery, 1946, brought drilling, refining, employees' camps, much growth. The town became busy oil-gas center.

After camps closed, 1966, the population declined.
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