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FRIJOLE, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Culberson County, West Texas
Highway 62/180
60 miles N of Van Horn
2 miles NE of Pine Springs

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History in a Pecan Shell

Frijole was named after Frijole Peak, which has since been renamed Hunter Peak.

First settlement occurred in 1876 when the two Rader brothers built a house on the site.

In 1904 the Smith family arrived and thereafter the site was also referred to as Smith's Ranch.

In the early 1930s busloads of returning visitors from Carlsbad Caverns could mail their postcards from Frijole.

Frijole had one business and ten people in 1936. The post office closed during WWII and the Smiths left in 1945. Frijole was dropped from maps by the mid-fifties, although the Frijole Ranch was still within the park's borders.

Rancher J. C. Hunter made the former town his headquarters - and when much of Hunter's land was turned into Guadalupe Mountains National Park - the old Rader brothers' ranch house became a residence for park personnel.
Frijole TX Culberson County info
Frijole TX Culberson County 1930 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with Frijole 1930 postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Culberson County Texas 1920s old map
Culberson County map showing Frijole (NW corner)
Modification of Texas General Land Office 1920s map
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