Photo courtesy William Holmes, July 2005
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
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.
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...
in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas,
asks that anyone wishing to share their local history and vintage/historic
photos, please contact