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ROMERO, TEXAS

Hartley County, Texas Panhandle
U.S. Highway 54
8 Miles E of the New Mexico State Line
SW of Dalhart
W of Channing

Population: 00025 (1990)

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Hartley County Texas 1920s map
1920s Hartley County map showing Romero (SW of Dalhart, W of Channing) Courtesy Texas General Land Office
History in a Pecan Shell

Comanchero country through most of the 19th Century, it wasn’t until the mid to late 1870s when Eugenio Romero became the community’s first resident.

Eugenio was a relative of Casimero Romaro who brought a group of shepherds from New Mexico to settle the open pastures. Originally called Romero Springs, the community grew after the Rock Island railroad connected and created pens for loading cattle.

The place was almost devoid of humans. As late as 1940 the community reported only 40 people served by a single store. Even into the mid 1980s, there was still no post office and the lone store had closed its doors.

The population decreased to a mere 25 residents – the same figure reported for the 1990 census.
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