TexasEscapes.com Texas Escapes Online Magazine: Travel and History
Columns: History, Humor, Topical and Opinion
Over 1600 Texas Towns & Ghost Towns
NEW : : TEXAS TOWNS : : GHOST TOWNS : : FEATURES : : COLUMNS : : ARCHITECTURE : : IMAGES : : SITE MAP
HOME
SEARCH SITE
ARCHIVES
RESERVATIONS
Texas Hotels
Hotels
Cars
Air
Cruises
 
  Texas : Towns A-Z / Texas Panhandle :

ASHTOLA, TEXAS

Donley County, Texas Panhandle
Highway 287
9 Miles NW of Clarendon

Population: 20 (estimate)

Book Your Hotel Here & Save
Clarendon Hotels

Ashtola Texas windmill and farm animals
"Not much here, but here is some of it."
Ken Rudine, photographer, July 2006
History in a Pecan Shell

Another town established by the Fort Worth and Denver City Railway, Ashtola began life as a simple railroad section house in 1906. The site was known as Southard and a post office was applied for and was granted that same year. Within two years the community had a school and two stores.

Southard may have caused some confusion with similarly spelled towns and in 1916 a change of name was requested by the post office department. A man named W. A. Poovey was asked for a new name. After he modestly suggested Poovieville, the postal authorities chose Ashtola - a name with no known origin, but with considerable more dignity than Poovieville.

The population was still estimated at a mere 25 people when the Great Depression hit. A home demonstration club was formed which later evolved into the Ashtola Needle Club. Ashtola had a gristmill which remained in operation until the early 1970s, but the post office closed in the mid-1950s. When the Ashtola school merged with Clarendon's schools in 1958, the former school was made into a community center. From 1949 through the mid-1960s the estimated population was 50 - dropping to 25 in the late 1960s. From 1970 to 1990 the population was given as 20 and what it is today is anybody's guess.

Ashtola Texas Forum

Anyone wishing to share history or photos of Ashtola, Texas, please contact us.
More Ken Rudine Photos

Book Your Hotel Here & Save
Clarendon Hotels
More Hotels

More Texas Towns
 
TEXAS TOWN LIST | TEXAS GHOST TOWNS | TEXAS COUNTIES
Texas Hill Country | East Texas | Central Texas North | Central Texas South |
West Texas | Texas Panhandle | South Texas | Texas Gulf Coast
TRIPS | STATES PARKS | RIVERS | LAKES | DRIVES | MAPS

TEXAS FEATURES
Ghosts | People | Historic Trees | Cemeteries | Small Town Sagas | WWII |
History | Black History | Rooms with a Past | Music | Animals | Books | MEXICO
COLUMNS : History, Humor, Topical and Opinion

TEXAS ARCHITECTURE | IMAGES
Courthouses | Jails | Churches | Gas Stations | Schoolhouses | Bridges | Theaters |
Monuments/Statues | Depots | Water Towers | Post Offices | Grain Elevators |
Lodges | Museums | Stores | Banks | Gargoyles | Corner Stones | Pitted Dates |
Drive-by Architecture | Old Neon | Murals | Signs | Ghost Signs | Then and Now
Vintage Photos

TRAVEL RESERVATIONS | USA

Privacy Statement | Disclaimer | Recommend Us
Contributors | Staff | Contact TE
TEXAS ESCAPES ONLINE MAGAZINE
Website Content Copyright 1998-2007. Texas Escapes - Blueprints For Travel, LLC. All Rights Reserved
This page last modified: July 25, 2007