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
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, "you can barely make out the words Mercantile and Prop."
Whetstone, August 2005
Photo courtesy Sam & Donna Hayes, 2007|
Dryden, Texas - Post Office
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.
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
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
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