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CUTHBERT, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Mitchell County, Texas Panhandle

FM 1229
14 Miles NW of Colorado City
40 Miles NW of Big Spring
Population: Unknown

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History in a Pecan Shell

D. T. Bozeman, settled here in the early 1890s and established a wagon yard and store. He also taught school nearby. When a post office was set up in the Bozeman store, Emily (first postmistress) and D.T. submitted the requested name of Cuthbert - to honor their friend Thomas Cuthbertson.

A school opened in 1893 but closed four years later. The town got telephone service early (1904) and Emily Bozeman served as operator on the switchboard placed in her home.

A new county school district came into being in 1907 with Cuthbert as the hub. Cuthbert had all essential businesses through the teens and in 1920 the Texas and Pacific (Abrams No. 1) oil well came in a mile north of the city limits. Despite the discovery, the town only had 25 residents and two businesses in the mid-1930s. In 1936, the Cuthbert school merged with Colorado City schools. Things got worse after WWII when increased mobility drew off population to Colorado City (and beyond).

Around 1960 the post office closed, leaving a single business operating and the population remained at 25 - the 1936 figure.

By the mid 1970s only the town cemetery remained and the population was scattered to individual area farms.

Cuthbert, Texas Forum

Subject: A forgotten ghost town of Texas
Dear TE, I have just recently found your [magazine] and I love it. I have kept it in my list of favorites, and will be visiting often.

One fact I didn't find was a ghost town named Cuthbert. My grandfather bought the property in the late 70's and found oil, ranched a little, but mostly farmed on it. There is an old cemetery there that my aunt tries to upkeep, but will be in ruins soon. Cuthbert was a rural community, near the Abrams No. 1 oil well, that started the oil boom in that time. Finally in the 40's and 50's the new highways being built bypassed Cuthbert and she dwindled all together. A few buildings are left and a community cemetery, not the same one that is on our property (only a few markers remain), lots of oil wells and farm land and friends.... Thank You.
- Leo del Real, September 27, 2006
Cuthbert TX Mitchell County  info
Cuthbert TX Mitchell County  1957 Postmark
Cover cancelled with Plateau 1908 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Mitchell County map

Mitchell County 1907 postal map showing Cuthbert
(in NW Mitchell County)

Texas General Land Office

Cuthbert, Texas
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