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TAMPICO, TEXAS

On The Ozark Trail

Texas Ghost Town
Hall County, Texas Panhandle

W of Childress,
SW of Memphis
Between Turkey and Parnell
See 1940s Hall County Map
Population: 0

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Tampico Tx Distant View Of Tampico
Distant view of Tampico
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009

History in a Pecan Shell

Tampico was on the Fort Worth and Denver Railroad and was named after the coastal Mexican capital city of Tamaulipas state, Mexico.

Drillers in 1929 were hoping the appropriated name would bring in an equally rich oil field.

After drilling ceased, the population dwindled to only 25 persons, and one lone business. By the mid-1960s there were still 12 diehard residents, but no statistics are available after that.

A Visit to Tampico, Texas

Distant view of Tampico from Texas highway 86
Distant view of Tampico from Hwy. 86
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Tampico Tx - Ozark Trail historical Marker Obelisk
Ozark Trail historical marker and obelisk in Tampico
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Ozark Trail Marker in Tampico, Hall County, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Ozark Trail Marker in Tampico, Hall County, Texas
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Ozark Trail  Obelisk in Tampico, Hall County, Texas
The Ozark Trail monument
Designated State Archeological Landmark

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Tampico, Hall County, Texas - Ozark Trail  Obelisk plaque
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Tampico, Hall County, Texas - Ozark Trail  Obelisk plaque
Ozark Trail monument plaque at Tampico
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Ozark Trail at Tampico historical marker
The Ozark Trail at Tampico historical marker
Near FM 657 NE off Hwy 86

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, July 2009
Historical Marker Text
The Ozark Trail at Tampico
In 1913, William Hope "Coin" Harvey, who operated a resort in the Ozark Mountains of Arkansas, founded the Ozark Trail Association as a private highway organization. Several Texas and New Mexico counties joined the effort, and the line went diagonally from St. Louis, Missouri to Santa Fe, New Mexico. As part of Harvey's plan, stops along the way featured white obelisks denoting, in the official Ozark Trail green lettering, town names, as well as directions and distances to other towns.

The central Ozark route passed across Wellington, Texas, and a second southern route was built through the communities of Childress, Estelline, Tampico, Turkey, Quitaque, Silverton, Tulia, Nazareth and Dimmitt. J.E. Swepston of Tulia, elected Ozark Trail Association president in 1920, was instrumental in having the striking road markers placed in this area. At the time, Hall County had more than 1,000 farms and ranches, and ranchland continued to be divided into farms as more settlers arrived in the area. In 1924, however, with a government initiative to enact a national road-numbering system, the Ozark Trails and other private highways were abandoned or absorbed into the national road system.

Adjacent to the Tampico marker was a service station and general store. In 1929, the Tampico oilfield started a short-lived boom in the community, which supported a school. After the oil supply proved minimal, the school consolidated into the Turkey school district. The obelisk, designated a State Archeological Landmark in 1999, remains as a tie to both the early efforts to increase automotive travel and to the community of Tampico.

Hall County Texas 1940s old map
1940s Hall County map showing Tampico
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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