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MINGUS, TEXAS

Palo Pinto County, Panhandle / Central Texas North

3232'22"N 9825'24"W (32.539489, 98.423449)

Hwys 193 and 108
3 miles W of Gordon
27 miles E of Eastland
33 miles SW of Mineral Wells
SW of Palo Pinto the county seat
63 miles W of Fort Worth
ZIP code 76463
Area code 254
Population: 257 Est. (2019)
235 (2010), 246 (2000), 215 (1990)

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Mingus, Texas White House Lounge
Could this have been the former post office?
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006

Delightful Detour by Billy B. Smith

"The sixteen-mile delightful detour [through Gordon, Mingus and Strawn] reminds me that there once was another America, a wistful place full of pleasant and pensive scenery..." more



History in a Pecan Shell

Named for settler William Mingus, who arrived in the 1850s, the town was born with the arrival of the Texas and Pacific Railroad in 1881. Mingus has remained quiet with no disasters or noteworthy events to report.

The town hit its zenith from 1920 - 1930 with an estimated population of 1,100. By the end of the Great Depression there were less than 600 people left.

Mingus' post office has managed to stay open and according to the 2003 state map, it still serves a population of 246.

Mingus Texas post office
The current Mingus Post Office
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006
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Mingus City Hall, Texas
Mingus City Hall
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006


Former Texas Hotel, Mingus, Texas
The former Texas Hotel
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006


Mingus, Texas grocery
Grocery ghost sign
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006

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Mingus, Texas closed grocery store
Another closed grocery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006


Vacant church in Mingus, Texas
Vacant church
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, April, 2006
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Mingus, Texas Forum

Subject: Mingus, Texas
Just a note to mention that when I was growing up in Mineral Wells (also in Palo Pinto County) in the late 50's and 60's, Mingus was the only place in the county where one could legally purchase hard liquor. Hence, "going to Mingus" was local code for "going to buy a bottle". My dad had a good friend who lived in Mingus, Mr. Lawrence Santi; both were much interested in local Democratic politics, for one thing, but I suspect that my dad's 30-mile drives to visit Mr. Santi often had an additional, liquid motive. - Bob Hampton, Byers, Texas, March 15, 2016



Delightful Detour by Billy B. Smith

"The sixteen-mile delightful detour [through Gordon, Mingus and Strawn] reminds me that there once was another America, a wistful place full of pleasant and pensive scenery..." more



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Texas Panhandle / Central Texas North

Mingus, Texas Nearby Towns:
Palo Pinto the county seat
Eastland | Mineral Wells | Fort Worth
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