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VASHTI, TEXAS

Clay County, North Central Texas
FM 174 and FM 1288
18 miles SE of Henrietta
SE of Wichita Falls
NW of Decatur
Population: 140 (est)

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Photo courtesy William Holmes, July 2005
History in a Pecan Shell

Established between 1880 and 1891 by a settler named Dave Taylor. The town was named after the town's first postmaster, Vashti Strahan when the post office opened in 1891.

By 1904 the towns two teachers taught sixty-nine students.

During the 1920s the population reached 264, and the community had an economic base of a cotton gin, three stores, a drugstore, and a blacksmith.

The economy was balanced throughout the 30s (although the post office closed during this decade) and the 40s. Postwar mobility drained the population back to 140 - a figure that it has maintained for nearly 50 years. Vashti had no businesses in operation in the late 1980s.
July 4th Festivities by William Holmes
Don Quixote believed that the very essence of adventure was in “letting his horse take whatever path it chose...” So do I. On July 2, 2005, I happend to be in Vashti, Tx for their annual fireworks...

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