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    VERBENA, TEXAS

    Texas Ghost Town
    Garza County, Texas Panhandle
    4.4 miles North of Hwy 380 on FM 2008
    NE of Post

    Population 0

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    First Baptist Church in Garza County
    The First Baptist Church of Garza County
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone, 2002
    What little is known:

    Ghost town researcher Erik Whetstone came across this former community that doesn't even have a listing in the Handbook of Texas, nor does it appear on Garza County maps, even as a cemetery. FM 2008 is an 11 mile county road, merely connecting two highways (US 380 and FM 651), not two towns.

    "Verbena isn't dead, as evidenced by 4 nearby ranches: The Rafter M Ranch, Medlock Land & Cattle, The Birdsong Ranch and Fumagalli Ranch.

    The drive is scenic and thus well worth [an] altered route. Continuing North on 2008 was just as scenic and reminded me of the Texas Plains Trail on Hwy 70 & 207 from Borger to Dickens." - David Higgins. (See Forum below.)
    Church in Verbena, Texas
    Another view of the church in Verbena
    Photo courtesy Erik Whetstone
    Photographer's Note:

    "I'd definitely consider this one a bit of a ghost town. When I was there I only saw this church building and a rather new and nice looking mobile home. Other than that, just cactus and mesquite trees. If this is indeed, the first Baptist Church in Garza, I'm surprised it doesn't have a Texas Historical marker. ("There IS indeed a historical marker for this church, which is located in the museum in nearby Post." - Ryan J. Nims. See Forum below.)

    The church, however, has a cornerstone, [but since] it's a bit difficult to read, I'll include the text as inscribed:

    VERBENA CHURCH
    FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH
    ORGANIZED IN GARZA CO
    AUG 24, 1902
    PASTOR REV J.V. BILLBERRY
    CHURCH CLERK J.B. COTTON
    DEACONS J.B. COTTON R.I. SELI
    J.B. BARROW
    CHARTER MEMBERS
    J.B. COTTON, M.C. COTTON,
    FORD COTTON, ISABEL NICHOLS,
    RAE NICHOLS, IONA NICHOLS,
    ANNIE COTTON, MAMIE
    GRAHAM, VIRGINIA BARROW
    THIS CORNER STONE IS
    DEDICATED TO THESE AND
    TO THE OTHER FAITHFUL
    ONE WHO HELPED TO
    PROMOTE THE GROWTH OF
    THIS CHURCH

    Verbena Texas Forum

  • Subject: Verbena, Texas

    I just wanted to update you on some Verbena Area Information. We just recently purchased the south 800 acres of the Fumagalli Ranch. We have also leased the two sections on which the "old church" stands. The Fumagallis still own that property and are near the point of tearing down the church after repeated attempts to get assistance to restore it have not been successful. - Coy Howell, 5 Star Ranch, Verbena, Texas, August 29, 2006

  • Subject: Rural Church in Verbena
    Dear Editor, I am currently looking for more information about the First Baptist Church of Garza in Verbena, Texas. Do you know anyone I could contact who would know more about its current condition? Email jspiller@bysp.com - James Spiller, Wichita Falls, Texas, June 13, 2006

  • Subject: Location of Verbena, and Scenic Drive
    "I visited Verbena [September 2005]. The church is still there although it's completely surrounded (but visible) by mesquite trees and a fence with a padlocked gate. The exact location is 4.4 miles North of Hwy 380 on FM 2008. Verbena isn't dead, as evidenced by 4 nearby ranches: The Rafter M Ranch, Medlock Land & Cattle, The Birdsong Ranch and Fumagalli Ranch.

    The drive is scenic and thus well worth [an] altered route. Continuing North on 2008 was just as scenic and reminded me of the Texas Plains Trail on Hwy 70 & 207 from Borger to Dickens." - David Higgins, Lubbock, Texas, September 14, 2005

  • We found this place over the weekend, and were fortunate to run into the owner of the land on which this church sits, who gave us some info/corrections... It is fenced in barbed wire, on *private property* and is in a pretty advanced stage of disrepair.

    Unfortunately, the landowner is afraid he may have to tear it down as:
    a) He can't afford to restore the building on his own
    b) It poses a danger to "trespassers"
    c) Neither the state of Texas nor Texas Tech seem to have a need for any more small churches. (this is almost criminally sad...)

    Also, there IS indeed a historical marker for this church, which is located in the museum in nearby Post.

    I hope that this helps to keep the information current. - Sincerely, Ryan J. Nims, January 24, 2005
  • Texas Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history, stories, and vintage/historic photos of their town, please contact us.

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