History in a Pecan
Shell As a boomtown,
Oklahoma was among the biggest. As a boomtown, Tulsa, Texas was a dud. Although
there was a sizeable discovery of oil in the region in1926, only a few buildings
were built here and absolutely no infrastructure.
A post office opened
in 1927, but closed two years later. The building was moved to Wink.
Tulsa reported a population of 25 in 1933 when the town had one lone business
– a store. The store closed after WWII
and the few remaining people moved on.
The most far-reaching accomplishment
of Tulsa was depriving another Texas town of using the name. The would-be Tulsa
was in Bee County and founded by an Oklahoma native. Post authorities still considered
the Tulsa name to be in use in Winkler County, so they asked for a resubmitted
name. Tulsita, Texas was born,
and although it never delveloped a population over 50, it’s still a living town
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing
Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, and vintage/historic
photos of their town, please contact
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