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    DRYDEN, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Terrell County, West Texas
    US 90 and Hwy 349
    20 miles E of Sanderson
    85 miles SE of Fort Stockton
    103 miles SW of Ozona
    100 miles W of Del Rio
    25 miles W of Langtry on Hwy 90

    Population: Unknown


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    The schoolhouse in Dryden
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
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    History in a Pecan Shell

    The town was named for Chief Engineer Eugene E. Dryden of the Galveston, Harrisburg and San Antonio railroad when it arrived at this site in 1882. Although it was first only a section house, within two years Dryden was the headquarters for the Pecos Land and Cattle Company. Dryden became an important cattle-shipping point through the early 1900s. The community had a post office by 1888.

    The Pecos L & C Company drilled a well that supplied the entire town with water. In 1908 the town had a hotel and four years later a school was built which did triple duty as a church, school and community center. U.S, Troops were stationed at Dryden during the "Border Unrest" brought about by the 1913 - 1917 Mexican Revolution. Despite the border troubles, Mexican ranchers continued to bring their cattle to Dryden to have them shipped on to San Antonio.

    The Block Y Ranch started shipping cattle from Dryden in 1917 and relocated some of their employees to Dryden. Housing for the families and a headquarters building were built. By 1929 the population was 100 people but during the Great Depression the railroad closed its Dryden depot and the population was reduced by half. The area's ranches broke up and sold out. The population increased back to 100 in the 1940s but declined back to 50 by the mid-1960s.

    By 1988 Dryden's population was a mere 13 people and the post office was still in use.
    Old mercantile store in Dryden Texas
    An old Mercantile store, "you can barely make out the words Mercantile and Prop."
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
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    Dryden Mercantile and US post office, Dryden, Texas
    Dryden Mercantile and US Post Office. The store is still open
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, August 2005
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    Dryden Texas
    Purple Sage Saloon
    Photo courtesy Sarah Reveley, January 2008
    Dryden Texas post office ?
    Photo courtesy Sam & Donna Hayes, 2007
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    Dryden Post Office, since burned
    Photo courtesy Duane Miller
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    Dryden, Texas Forum

  • Subject: Dryden, Texas - Post Office
    The post office has somewhat of an interesting history for my family. My grandmother, Mabel Amanda Miller (my Dad's mother), was appointed postmistress there in 1914. She held that post until her death in 1936. After her death her son Ernest Miller (my Dad) was appointed postmaster and held the position until 1940 at which time he sold the house with the attached post office to my other grandmother, Beulah Farley and her husband Raymond Farley. They were appointed postmaster and postmistress of Dryden. They retired from the post office around 1963 and sold the house & post office to Buster & Angie Winn who became the new postmaster and postmistress. Angie was the daughter of Beulah Farley (my Mother's older sister and my Aunt). She is also the mother of Karen Barnes who started this conversation! The house and post office burned down sometime after Angie & Buster took over.

    Most everything that was in Dryden is gone now. My older brother started school in the two room school house that use to be south of the tracks on the east end of town. I use to spend a lot of time in the train depot watching the telegraph operator work his magic on the telegraph key. In the summer when the steam engines stopped to take on water many of us kids would rush over to be doused by the large filler tube on the big water tank - it was a sure way to cool off. - Sincerely, Duane Miller, College Station, Texas, July 19, 2013

  • Subject: Dryden Tx
    The picture you have labeled as possibly having been the post office in Dryden never was. It was the Purple Sage Saloon. The original post office was on the other side of the rail road tracks and burned years ago. My grandparents were Raymond and Beula Farley and were the postmaster and postmistress. Sincerely, Karen Barnes,
    July 17, 2013


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