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ARTESIA WELLS, TEXAS

La Salle County, South Texas

Interstate 35
11 Miles S of Cotulla the county seat
Population: 30 (estimate since 1970)

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History in a Pecan Shell

Once known as simply Bart, Texas, the town decided to rename it after the life-giving springs that had caused the railroad (The International-Great Northern) to make it a water stop.

The town was platted in 1907 and irrigation brought in a few farmers. Growth was between slow and none for thirty years. The town was granted a post office in 1909 and by 1920 the population had reached 100 people. This number declined in the mid 1930s to only 50 citizens - growing to 125 by 1939.

With increased mobility after WWII the town declined back to only 50 people. Construction of Interstate 35 destroyed much of the former downtown - dashing any hopes of a comeback or renewed growth.
TX - La Salle  County 1920s map
La Salle County1920s map showing Bart (Artesia Wells P.O.)
From Texas state map #10749

Courtesy Texas General Land Office

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