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BOISE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Oldham County, Texas Panhandle
Just south of I-40, formerly Route 66
20 miles W of Adrian
24 miles W of Vega
Population: 0

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Boise Texas circa 1934
Boise Texas circa 1934
Photo courtesy Library of Congress
History in a Pecan Shell

The Handbook of Texas' info on Boise can be contained in a single sentence. Our paraphrasing extended it to two.

Once on the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad, Boise received its mail (which couldn't have been too much) through Adrian. As a shipping point, it rated a depot which was said to have been in use sometime in the 80's when the Rock Island discontinued Panhandle service.

Reader Randy Johnson offers much more information on what remains of Boise:
"The town of Boise is no more, or never was I guess. By my odometer it sits 24 miles west of Vega Texas along I-40. The old town site is approximately 1 mile south of the Interstate on the present now Bridwell Ranch West. The only thing that will key you to its location is an orange overhead sign that says "Bridwell Ranch West." This is a private ranch, therefore private property. I drove right up to the old railroad bed where the tracks used to lay. From this point you can look east and west and see where the tracks used to run. Just due west of this point about 150 feet is what appears to be the concrete foundation that the depot once sat on. Other than that, there really isn't much left to see here." - Randy Johnson, April 21, 2005

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