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SASPAMCO, TEXAS

Wilson County, South Texas
Highway 181
Not shown on the state map
11 Miles NE of Floresville

Population: 443 (2000)

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Saspamco Texas scene
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2008
History in a Pecan Shell

The only town in Texas to be named after a sewer pipe company. (The San Antonio Sewer Pipe Manufacturing Company, to be exact.) The community dates from 1901 when the company started producing tile from the abundant red clay. A post office opened that same year but 14 years later, the population was still a mere 125 residents.

HB Despite the commercial name, the town throve. At itís peak the community had a dairy and three grocery stores as well as two general merchandize stores. The population was 200 in the late 1930s and the company payroll had 150 employees. Daily production at the plant was 120 tons of pipe.

The population reached 300 by the mid 1960s. Itís proximity to Floresville
curbed growth, but the town remains vibrant with a population of 443 for the 2000 census.

Saspamco Scenes:

Saspamco TX Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2008
Saspamco TX Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2008
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Saspamco Texas mural
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Saspamco Texas mural
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Mission Clay Products factory ,  Saspamco Texas
Mission Clay Products factory in Saspamco
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2008

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