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TULAROSA, TEXAS
AKA Whistler, Texas

Borderland Ghost Town

Kinney County, Texas Hill Country
About 20 Miles NE of Brackettville
Population: 0

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History in a Pecan Shell

Settlement occurred in the mid 1870s with the arrival of the Wm. Sam Hutchinson family. A post office under the name of Whistler opened in 1881 and the town was primarily a wool-shipping point.

Storekeeper/ postmaster Warren Garret was postmaster when the community was estimated to be around 40 residents.

In1884 Whistler had a school called Tularosa to serve the children of local ranchers. There wasn't much more to Whistler besides the school, store / post office and residences.

In 1894 the name of the post office was officially changed to Tularosa. It was a quiet community in a quiet county and if nothing happened here, it seems that it met the approval of residents.

The community continued shipping wool and growth was not something people worried about. In the mid 1920s, the students of the school were sent to Brackettville
schools and their building was relocated in 1932, being renamed "The River School."

With its school gone, Tularosa lost a good part of its identity. It was dropped from maps and by the time WWII ended, the town only had scattered residences.

Kinney County Whistler TX info
Kinney County Whistler TX cancelled postmark
Postcard cancelled with 1893 Whistler (Tularosa) postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Kinney County Tularosa TX 1898 Postmark info
Kinney County TX Tularosa  1898 Postmark
Postcard cancelled with 1898 Tularosa postmark
Courtesy The John J. Germann Collection
Kinney County TX 1920s map
1920s Kinney County map showing Tularosa
Courtesy Texas General Land Office

Tularosa, Texas
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