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WASTELLA, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Nolan County, Texas Panhandle / North Central Texas
Highway 84, and FM 1982
10 miles NW of Roscoe
25 miles SE of Snyder
3.5 miles SE of Inadale
11 miles SE of Hermleigh

Population: 13 (1990)

Wastella, Texas Area Hotels:
Snyder Hotels

History on a Pecan Shell

With the arrival of the Roscoe, Snyder and Pacific Railway in 1908, landowner Will Neeley donated the land for a new town. The rather unusual name was meant to honor Neely's eldest daughter. Wastella did develop as a town - and even had a hotel and a few stores, but being just one train stop from Roscoe stifled real growth. According to the detailed TxDoT Nolan County map, Wastella cannot even claim a cemetery.

A post office was granted in 1907 but closed during the Great Depression. The population was reportedly 13 in 1990 - the last figure available.

Wastella, Texas Forum

Wastella's inclusion was suggested by Joe Potter who adds this additional information:
"The town was incorporated in 1907 and then was allowed to remove the incorporation in the 1960ís. One item left out of the [Handbook of Texas] article is that the town intended to drill wells for water. When a well was drilled it was found that the water had gypsum content. Houses in that part of Nolan county either have to haul water or collect it in cisterns for cooking and drinking."

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Nolan County Texas 1940s Map
1940s Nolan County map showing Wastella on NW corner of Nolan County
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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Wastella, Texas
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