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CARTA VALLEY, TEXAS

Texas Ghost Town
Edwards County, Texas Hill Country

U.S. Highway 377
About 32 Miles SW of Rocksprings
NW of Uvalde
Population: est. 20

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Carta Valley Tx Former Station

Carta Valley closed gas station
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2014
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History in a Pecan Shell

The community’s namesake is Ed Carta, an early settler in the last few years of the 19th Century. A cemetery was established in 1904 – two years before the first store opened. Storekeeper W. A. Varga became the first postmaster when the post office approved one in 1907.

Sometime prior to 1913 the community built a church / school. In that year the Methodists built a separate building for their services. A Baptist Church followed in 1923.

From a population of 35 residents in 1914, Carta Valley declined to 20 and stayed there through the 1950s.

In the 1960s, its population (briefly) soared to 150 residents served by five businesses but just as suddenly in the 1970s, returned to 20. No explanation has been offered for the reason. It is still marked on highway maps (since there’s plenty of room on the map in Edwards County).

Carta Valley Tx - Old gas pump

Old gas pump
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2014

Carta Valley Tx - abandoned house

Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2014

TX - Former Carta Valley School

Former Carta Valley School
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2014
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Carta Valley Tx road sign

Carta Valley road sign, and sign to Carta Valley Cemetery
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2014

Carta Valley Tx - closed cemetery road

Closed cemetery road
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, June 2014
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Edwards County TX 1920s Map
Edwards County 1920s Map showing Carter Valley
(near Val Verde County line)
Courtesy Texas General Land Office
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