a Pecan Shell
The town was named
for the Cornudas Mountains, fourteen miles to the north.
The settlement was founded in 1938, when a post office was opened
for the area's cattle ranches. It closed within the first year of
operation. Mrs. Willie Tinnin had been appointed the postmistress.
Six miles south of the highway was a pumping station and a church
building and school. Cornudas continues to be shown on maps - if only
to fill in some of the white space.
Mayor May Carson passed away December 7, 2018 from complications
of bone cancer. Most know May fought a brave battle for some 30
years and was courageous to the end. Her eldest grandson Jeff Campbell
inherited her beloved town and has taken the reins. While the Cafe
is temporarily closed for "Major" renovations (structurally), the
character and charm will remain and continue to define it's legacy.
The Cafe is on schedule to reopen October 2020 and will return to
the "old" days of a 7 day a week operation. The Old Town portion
of Cornudas, where Wallace left off, will be rebranded Historic
Cornudas, Tx and will function for special events. Thank you, Jeff
Campbell, "City Manager" haha...... , July 27, 2020
to Cornudas, TX. May’s Café as well as the whole town of Cornudas
is once again under the ownership of Mayor May Carson. She will
be reopening the café in May 2009. Same great Cornudas Chile Burgers!
Thank you, Kelcey Hollingshead, April 23, 2009
...Cornudas was sold several years ago. May Carson had run the old
cafe for years and had quite a following of truckers, helicopters,
convoys and even wagon trains. It is 103 from Carlsbad and about
53 from El Paso. She decided
to sell it on the internet... Anyway, this man Wallace bought some
old buildings in El Paso
and had them moved to Cornudas. He has great plans and spent a lot
of money setting Wallacetown USA up. It now appears to be all locked
up but visible from the road... - Barclay
Gibson, November 21, 2007
I just stumbled onto your tour of Hudspeth county. I am enjoying
it, but.... you stated that six miles south of Cornudas was a Standard
Oil pumping station. It is in fact an El Paso Natural Gas pumping
station. I believe there is still an E.P.N.G. booster station there.
The school was for First and Second grades only, 3-12 went to Sierra
Blanca. As far as I know there was never a church there. What
you may be referring to was the REC. HALL. It belonged to E.P.N.G.
at Station #2 and was used for dances, pot luck suppers, and sometimes
(when they could get a preacher) maybe church services, but you
would probably have to move the pool table and jukebox.
At Station #2 there were twelve company houses, four duplexes,
the recreation hall, the schoolhouse, and the teacher's house. About
two miles east of Station #2 is Cornudas Station's five houses.
The Cornudas Station comperssor is still there, but all of the houses
have been sold and moved.
You also said you were looking for a Yucca forest. If you
look at a map of Cornudas you will find FM 2317 goes south then
turns hard east. If you you go about a mile due west of the turn
- there used to be a very big collection of Yuccas. That was back
in 1968. 30 years change a lot of things. - Eddie Stephens, September
We were the
second owners of Cornudas. We bought it from Lee and Wanga Tinnin.
His mother started it in 1928. She had land across the highway but
the highway was going through and she used squatter's rights and
moved to the present location. - Bev, July 30, 2002
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