Paso County 1930 Highway Map Showing White Spur|
Texas General Land Office
in a Pecan Shell
town of White Spur is not listed in the Handbook of Texas. Our knowledge of the
town comes from an unidentified reader who asked what had become of White Spur?
The letter follows:
I went to school in the third grade at White Spur in 1937 or 1938. White spur
was not too far east of El Paso on a main
highway that had the railroad north of it. We lived [at] an intersection where
another highway crossed the tracks. The White Spur School was west of where we
lived. There was also a cotton gin a little further west. My sister has said that
they had converted the school to a museum. There was also a Baptist church somewhere
close to the school with the Reverand Brooks preaching. I also went to Lamar and
Morehead [schools] in El Paso. - (Name
lost, editor's apology)
Spur - El Paso
I question the "ghost town" designation for the former community, I can clarify
further its former location. I have no idea when it was annexed to El
Paso, but it was in the county until sometime in the 1950s. I'm attaching
a screen capture of Google maps which
I have further annotated to refer to questions on your web site that a couple
of people asked.
The White Spur Park is a latter day addition by the city
and was not there at the time the community was actively known as White Spur.
The "Mt. Franklin Christian Academy" is the approximate location on Sunset Rd.
of the Baptist church of the same name and may incorporate the former church building.
The White Spur school may no longer exist, but there is another old school building
still standing in the community that abutted White Spur on the south, known as
Before annexation, and construction of IH-10, the only
development in White Spur was along the west side of Doniphan Drive. West of Doniphan
was farm land and accessible only by the RR crossing at Sunset Rd.
Schuller - native born El Pasoan, November 13, 2011
In 1943 my father was in the U.S .Immigration Service, and he was transferred
Paso where he was employed at the bridge from El
Paso to Juarez. I was enrolled in the White Spur Elementary
school in the 6th grade. My sister was enrolled in the second grade. I recall
my 6th graded teacher was Mrs Saunders, 7th Grade teacher Mrs Parsons, and 8th
Grader teacher, Mrs Walker. I was not in the 5th grade, the teacher was Mrs Thurman.
I believe the school is still there, it is a red brick 2 story office building
on Donathon St. I was in El
Paso last August 2011, and I saw the building.
Unfortunately I have no pictures. My family moved from here in 1945. The kids
that graduated from the grammar school were bussed to El
Paso. - John Calvin Darst, March 23,
Location of White Spur, Texas I
have attached a letter from the National Archives that tells the location of White
Spur, TX. - Jerry Lobdill, October 21, 2010
22, 1906 letter from|
Commissioner-General of Immigration, Washington D.C.
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of above letter concerning White Spur|
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