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COYANOSA, TEXAS

Pecos County, West Texas
FM 1776 and FM 1450
26 Miles NW of Fort Stockton
28 Miles SE of Pecos
64 Miles SW of Odessa

Population: 138 (2000)

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Coyanosa, Texas city limit sign
Entering Coyanosa
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
History in a Pecan Shell

Coyanosa’s first historic event was the opening of a post office in 1908. Although it closed in 1918, the town was here to stay. Cotton farmers irrigated their fields in the drought-stricken 1950s from freshly drilled wells.

No one thought to count the residents until 1958, when they numbered 200. The post office reopened and in the early 1960s, the town was thriving with eight business and an estimated population of 600.

The infamous fuel shortages of the late 1970s put an end to irrigation and most cotton farms went belly-up. The population declined accordingly and soon it was down to 270. It has since declined to 138 for the 2000 census.

"Coyanosa - The only community on FM 1776"

Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson
Welcome to Coyanosa, Texas
Coyanosa, Texas Cafe ghost sign
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Coyanosa, Texas fixer upper
Coyanosa, Texas
Photos courtesy Barclay Gibson, February 2008
Photographer's Note:
"Yes, Coyanosa is full of possibilities... There is the Steakhouse, just take over the payments; a garage, ready for updating; a Bed And Breakfast, transportation attached; a nearby fixer upper, some assembly required; a store, the only local business and a shop, the door is always open. As the Welcome Sign says, "The only community on FM 1776," a real selling point for the realtors. A truck stop? The only reason a truck would stop here, or near here, is a breakdown and Coyanosa can't help with that." - Barclay Gibson, February 2008


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