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Pecos County TX
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LONGFELLOW, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Pecos County, West Texas

US Hwy 90
16 miles W of Sanderson
35 miles E of Marathon
66 miles E of Alpine
93 miles S of Fort Stockton


Longfellow, Texas Area Hotels > Fort Stockton Hotels | Alpine Hotels
oil well tower Longfellow Texas
The old well tower
TE photo, September, 2000

Longfellow no longer exists as a town, however it does as a ranch.

History in a Pecan Shell

No one seems to know why it was named Longfellow. It's primary reason for existing was the same as (relatively) nearby Pumpville, which was to provide water for the steam locomotives of the day.

Prior to the railroad's arrival, the land was grazed by cattle owned by Mexican ranchers. A post office was granted in the 1890s for the people who lived around the railroad station and ranch headquarters. The telegraph office was closed in 1944 and things haven't been the same since.

The cluster of buildings on the north side of highway 90 appear to be inhabited on occasion and a visit in August, 2000, revealed a small flock of domestic chickens. A small boat is hung under a pole barn. Maybe it's the Hesperus, or someone is taking the Boy Scout motto seriously. We would advise visitors, as always, to stay on the public side of the fence.

The south side of the highway has the railroad tracks and cattle chutes. One sturdy building holds feed for the ranch and this side is also the site of the old iron framework of the pump tower. Our visit was monitored by a curious deer at 3 p.m.

There's not too much to see and do on the drive between Sanderson and Marathon, so why not get out of your car at Longfellow? If you see anybody at the ranch headquarters, ask them what the boat is for.

red  gate of ranch , Longfellow Texas
Gate to ranch headquarters
TE photo, September, 2000
Feed storage building in Longfellow Texas
Feed storage building in Longfellow
TE photo, September, 2000
Soldier at Longfellow TX, 1920s old photo
"Myself" at Longfellow
Myself in the Texas Badlands
Mule-Drawn Machine Gun Outfit in Texas 1923
Old photos of 230 mile trip from Marfa to Del Rio
via Longfellow and Comstock.

Courtesy Scheibal Collection
Pecos County TX 1920 Map
Pecos County 1920s Map showing Longfellow near Terrell County line
Courtesy Texas General Land Office


Longfellow, Texas Area Towns:
Sanderson | Fort Stockton | Marathon | Alpine |
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