conductor reading orders
by photographer Jack Delano, courtesy Library of Congress
| Texas Railroads
| History in
a Pecan Shell
Black, Texas began life in 1898 as a stop on the Pecos Valley and
Northern Texas Railroad. It was named for local landowner E. B. Black.
When the giant XIT
Ranch started selling off it's immense holdings in 1908, excursion
trains carrying would-be land buyers passed through Black.
A post office opened in 1912 to join a school that had opened two
years previously. The post office closed and reopened several times,
opening for good in 1926. In the early 1920s, church services were
held in the grocery of Ray Conway. In 1950 the Black school district
merged with its counterpart in Friona
and the former school has since become a community center.
The 1990 Census figure of 100 residents is still in use for 2000.
Escapes, in its purpose to preserve historic, endangered and vanishing
Texas, asks that anyone wishing to share their local history
and vintage/historic photos, please contact