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ORIANA, TEXAS
AKA Orianna, Texas

Texas Ghost Town
Stonewall County, Texas Panhandle
2 Miles S of Highway 380
3 Miles W of Peacock
18 Miles West of Aspermont
4 Miles E of the Kent County Line

Population: 0

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Oriana  Camelback Truss Bridge over the Salt Fork Brazos River  Peacock Texas
The Oriana Camelback Truss Bridge
Photo courtesy William Holmes
History in a Pecan Shell

The name was cobbled together from Ora Reese and Anna ("Annie") Patterson, daughters of Will Reese and J. D. Patterson, local landowners who donated land for the railroad right-of-way. The community was granted a post office in the Spring of 1901. Other businesses in the fledgling community were a gin and a store.

Another nearby community named Antioch saw the advantage of having a railroad connection, so they merged with Oriana, however both populations eventually moved to Peacock. The post office moved to Peacock in early 1918 and the town's school merged sometime around 1930. By the mid-1930s, only four people were left, however, the 1945 population of Oriana was listed as 20 - with one business hanging on.

The railroad (originally the Stamford and Northwestern and after 1952 as the Fort Worth and Denver Railway) pulled up tracks in the late 1960s. It was said the railroad had a bridge running alongside the one shown above.

The Oriana Cemetery is shown on TxDoT maps of Stonewall County - one mile west of the Salt Fork of the Brazos River.

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Our thanks to Delores Miles for suggesting Oriana's inclusion.

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