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ZELLA , TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
McMullen County, South Texas

Highway 97
6 miles N of Fowlerton

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History in a Pecan Shell

Named for the daughter of Col. Howard Bland, one of the town's developers, Zella was born of the railroad. In this case the railroad was the San Antonio, Uvalde and Gulf and the date was 1913.

An artesian well was dug and a depot, schoolhouse, and a hotel (The Zella) were built. The townsite company promoted the area as a farmer's Utopia complete with irrigation systems. A post office opened in 1914, and some poor souls actually invested in lots and land. A drought soon hit South Texas and when the promised irrigation facilities never materialized the people left.

By 1917 disgruntled Zellarians were abandoning the town in droves. The post office was the first to close and the newly opened school soon followed.

The depot remained for many years, and was finally razed in 1945. The town remained a shipping point for cattle and the Hotel Zella was still open as of 1985.
TX McMullen County 1920s Map
McMullen County 1920s map showing Zella
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
Zella, Texas
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